Transforming Youth Justice: A Leadership Development Program Application 2019

Leadership Development

Program Information:

The Tow Youth Justice Institute invites candidates to apply for the 2019 Transforming Youth Justice: A Leadership Development Program, a nine-month program that will begin in March and conclude in November 2019. We are seeking applicants who are actively involved as leaders in youth justice and employed in positions as mid-level managers in:

  • Law Enforcement/Policing
  • State and local government
  • Public and private agencies
  • Non-profit service providers

As well as community members in:

  • Educators and Staff from Middle and High Schools
  • Policymakers
  • Community leaders
  • Faith leaders
  • Parents of justice-involved youth
  • Advocates
Scheduled 2019 Dates:

All session dates are on the 2nd Friday of each month and meet from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., except the orientation and final sessions noted below.

Note: some dates may be subject to change

  • March 7 (Thurs), 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Orientation
  • March 8 (Fri), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 7 (Thurs), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • November 8 (Fri), 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Celebration

Accepted candidates will be required to attend each monthly session with some expected extra-curricular activity between sessions. Sessions are held at University of New Haven campus sites with some sessions held off-site including one field experience. The three content areas integrated within each module of the curriculum include youth justice reform, transformation and leadership skills, best practices and core competencies that will inform the development of individual/group Capstone Proposal(s). A range of adult learning styles utilized includes lecture and didactic process, individual and small group interaction, large group sharing and discussion, and presentation. A number of subject matter experts in the field of youth/juvenile justice present to enhance knowledge and access to resources.

Sessions Include:
  • Youth Justice Reform
  • Youth Development & Wellness
  • Best Practices
  • Getting Results and Outcomes
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Engagement & Advocacy
  • Exemplary Leadership Practices
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Capstone Planning Process
  • Restorative Circle Practice
2019 Cohort Selection

Up to 16 candidates from across the state will be selected to establish a cohort that is diverse in representation regionally (geographically), from both public and private sectors; and by gender, race/ethnicity, agency and service system, occupation, and experience in leadership and youth justice.

Instructions for Applying to 2019 Program

Complete your application online and submit all required documents. A letter of recommendation is required to be considered for the leadership program. If you do not have this at the time of submission, you must email it to and put Nomination/Recommendation Letter in the subject line.

All fields must be completed in order to finalize your submission. Once you begin, you will be able to SAVE your work and return to it at a later time. You will receive confirmation that your submission has been saved. Once your application is complete and submitted, you will receive an email confirmation of your submission.

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Intent to Apply

We would like to hear from you if you are interested and may apply for the 2019 Cohort. Please take a moment now to express your intent to apply by clicking the button below.

Intent to Apply
Applications are due by November 16, 2018 by 5 p.m.

Accepted candidates will be notified by January 16, 2019 and will be required to commit to the program no later than January, 25, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Susan Cusano
Office Manager