We’re here to strengthen youth centered justice services in Canada.
Healthy, safe adolescents and young adults who are free of involvement in the criminal justice system.
Efforts to establish a national network of youth justice service providers began in 2013, with representatives from 11 Provinces & Territories participating.
a) Actively recruit members from non-represented jurisdictions, communities & organizations.
b) Set overall limit on size of network and representation from each jurisdiction.
c) Manage membership through annual review.
a) Actively seek out current research and evaluations of Youth Justice projects. This not necessarily be limited to Canada.
b) Projects that have been funded and evaluated by the Federal Government be shared upon completion.
c) When a significant practice shift happens in a region or Province the rationale and results are shared.
a) Increase the profile of the NYJN among government departments, organizations and others with an interest in youth justice services.
b) Pursue opportunities for dialogue between the NYJN and the aforementioned groups.
Strategiesa) Educate and influence the following target audiences about best practices, research and cost savings that support effective youth crime prevention and intervention:
- Government and Elected Officials
- Youth Serving agencies
- General Public
- Academic Community
- Government and funders
a) Understand and share good practices re; how race/ethnicity is discussed in relation to crime & justice.
b) Obtain & review data on custody rates of indigenous youth, and other racialized groups as relevant, in Canada.
c) Review & compile learnings from existing anti-oppression reports/initiatives & funding provincially/nationally/internationally, e.g. ON Anti-Black Racism; ON Black Youth Action Plan.
d) Review data to determine definition of over representation for the NYJN (e.g. national vs P/T data/definitions).
e) Review practices in place for those communities without over representation to ascertain best practice.
a) Preliminary research into academic and grey literature that identifies linkages.
b) Highlight most prevalent socio-economic factors that have well-established interlinkages to youth justice as priority areas for NYJN (i.e. for advocacy and connection to other goals).
c) Work in collaboration with NYJN and other stakeholders to raise awareness of cross-sectoral implications/trajectories towards justice system involvement.
d) Identify opportunities for knowledge mobilization that will contribute to ongoing sustainability of NYJN activities (i.e. access diverse funding opportunities).
a) Given the cyclical nature of trends and reforms related to youth justice, collaborate with, and share information among, provincial and national associations representing youth justice issues.