The Rutgers University Program in Juvenile Justice and Youth Development has been established to recruit, train, and retain a workforce that is prepared to address the demands of juvenile justice and work with young people impacted by the justice system.
Through a collaborative effort that incorporates highly respected departments, units, and leaders from across Rutgers University, we are developing undergraduate and professional education programs that follow an innovative, interdisciplinary model.
We will continue to add content to this page as new programs are finalized and launched. Please join our mailing list to stay informed and feel free to reach out to us with any questions!
For undergraduate students looking to prepare for a career working with young people who have been impacted by the juvenile justice system, Rutgers now offers interdisciplinary minors in Juvenile Justice and Youth Development. Information on the minor at Rutgers-Newark is available here, and students interested in the curriculum can download our info sheet. Information on the minor at Rutgers-Camden is available here, and students interested in the curriculum can download our info sheet.
Designed for a wide range of disciplines and open to all those interested in the improvement of the juvenile justice system, the Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Certificate Program draws from the fields of psychology, social work, criminal justice, law, and education. Students are welcome to sign up for one or more individual courses even if they don't plan to complete the entire certificate. Learn more and register today!
Since 2016, the Rutgers Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice has organized annual scholarly conferences featuring dynamic speakers who are leaders in the areas of juvenile justice and youth development. These conferences highlight the critical issues in juvenile justice reform.
Most recently, the Fourth Annual Conference on Youth Development and Juvenile Justice was held on June 6, 2019. This event highlighted the critical emerging issue of social media with respect to how contemporary adolescents organize their social activities and behavior.
Project Co-Director and
Chair of the Undergraduate Education Steering Committee
The Program in Juvenile Justice and Youth Development is coordinated by the Rutgers University-Newark Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice and the NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education, together with supporters from across multiple Rutgers campuses, units, and academic departments. The Program is developed in close partnership with the New Jersey Governor's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee, the New Jersey Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement, and the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission.
Funding for this program is provided through the New Jersey Governor's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Committee and administered through the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission.
Program Coordinator, Juvenile Justice and Youth Development
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