Starting in the fall of 2012, ALF will apply its leadership development model to participants from the juvenile justice sector, continuing to focus on building critical relationships among key leaders from a wide range of juvenile justice stakeholder communities in Oregon. The Juvenile Justice Collaboration Lab (JJCL) is intended to create a network of leaders and other stakeholders who have the collaborative skills and commitment to break through barriers in the system to improve effectiveness, efficiency and equity.
ALF believes this can be accomplished by providing the time, opportunity and ongoing support needed for leaders in the juvenile justice sector to develop and cultivate collaborative relationships, where trust and collective intelligence can arise through expertly facilitated but highly open and flexible dialogue. ALF’s focus will be on establishing high quality relationships among these leaders and their various constituencies, building awareness of the system from multiple perspectives and, ultimately, generating collaborative solutions to issues of common concern.
A similar pilot project initiated by the ALF Houston chapter in 2010 made a meaningful difference after just one year. Last year, the Texas public defender system was established and, according to Mike Anderson, Judge, 262nd District Court and participant in the Houston program, ALF was a key factor in finally getting the system in place. “After many, many years of a cycle of talk, partisan battles, and subsequent avoidance of the issue,” he said, “ALF made the difference.”
For further information, contact Kendall at ALF Oregon at 503-636-2288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.