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Day 68
April 10, 2011
Scott Peterson's Global Youth Justice, LLC is steadfast and solid two (2) years after it was incorporated in March of 2009.   A BIG Shout Out to our networks and supporters.  We are striving daily to improve Global Youth Justice's overall operations and outreach efforts in support of our mission to Reduce Intolerable High Crime Rates and Historic High Incarceration Rates.   See below  - these are just a few statistics and facts about the Global Youth Justice Movement that is fueled locally by the Expansion, Enhancement and Establishment of local Youth Justice and Juvenile Justice diversion programs often referred to as Teen Court, Youth Court, Peer Court, Student Court and Youth Peer Panel.

A record 100,000 plus unique visitors have now visited the Global Youth Justice Website.  The rate of increase is now more than 600% from our first month back in September of 2011.  http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Home_Page.php

A record 11,200 youth and adults are now subscribed to Global Youth Justice's free e-Newsletter and e-Alerts.  Here is a link to register if you are not already.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Monthly_Newsletter.html

A record 2,100 adults and youth have visited the Global Youth Justice Channel on YouTube since December, 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/user/dryouthcourt?feature=mhum

A record 7,000 plus youth and adults have watched the ABC Worldwide News/Nightline have now downloaded my interview with 12 Time Emmy Award Winning Investigative News Journalist Brian Ross - this is the famous OJJDP Grants Scandal.  Check it out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHqRH4Cx8A8

Join the movement and connect the youth and adults in your network to the growing Global Youth Justice Network.  Let us help you keep your volunteers informed and updated and more involved in your important work in keeping these local Youth Justice programs.  As a former Youth Court coordinator and director for four (4) years - I know first hand it is quite a bit of work and often - you sacrifice your personal time - and we all do this - as we know it is time well spent helping others.

Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 67
April 9, 2011
A new Cost-Benefit Knowledge Banks has been developed.  Local Y0uth Justice programs and our other criminal and juvenile justice visitors are encouraged to check this out.  This new "Tool" supposedly helps local communities conduct a cost-benefit analysis on programs and services for improving policy decision.  I especially think this will be helpful to Youth Justice programs, as these Teen Courts and Youth Courts are heavily volunteer-driven to include adults and youth and this should help many of you further justify your Youth Justice program budgets.  http://cbkb.org/about/

Register for a FREE Trial of Youth Today - the oldest and largest national newspaper on youth issues.  Once you do - make sure and click on some of their helpful resource buttons - such as the GRANTS button at the top of the page.  There are job listings and much more.  The FREE trial is for 10 days - so it is a good deal.  I think the cost for a one year membership is only like $40 bucks - so it is worth it to join - they send out weekly grant blasts and the juvenile justice reporting is especially current and relevant.  Check it out.

http://www.youthtoday.org/register.cfm


Speaking of grants - the Philanthropy News Digest also has a good grants button and jobs button.  They have some very helpful resources that are also free - so check it out. 
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/;jsessionid=SRLVSI3HSNKLHLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F

The Open Society has announced an upcoming date for paid fellowships and it is about $70k a year to work on a criminal or juvenile justice project or transparency in government and much more.   Check it out -
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/fellowship/news/call-for-proposals-fellowship-20100630
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime.  -Scott Peterson

Day 66
April 8, 2011
Plans are moving forward for our 2012 Global Youth Justice Training Institute and Staff Retreat.  This bi-annual event is for current and former part-time and full-time adult staff and key adult volunteers.  Our first Global Youth Justice Training Institute and Staff Retreat took place in 2010 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA and we had an awesome time.  Forty-five (45) adults from seventeen states and Washington, DC make the pilgrimage to Cape Cod and we filled all 45 rooms in our contract.  For 2012 - we are about to sign a contract for 80 of the Resorts 100 rooms.  Check out the resort we will be staying at next year - and the room rates will be below $99!   At Global Youth Justice we are not the best at anything - but we sure are darn good at finding great affordable locations for Global Youth Justice Events.  Check out the Resort we are staying at and Start Saving Your Pennies and Start Planning for 2012 - it will be here before you know it.
http://www.provincetowninn.com/

Global Youth Service Day is right about the corner - only about 7 days away.  If you are not involved - you might considering getting involved.  There is also a map on the Youth Service America Website that has a few hundred registered projects and you can just participate in one of those if there is one near you.  Global Youth Service Day and Law Day are in April and May this year - try to get involved with one and of course involve the adults and youth.   I will be participating in a program in Boston, Massachusetts - so - Happy Early Global Youth Service Day.  Here is the link below.
http://gysd.org/

Have you ever seen the Global Youth Justice Logos and Images Button - it has some great ideas for your website and for newsletters and making certificates for youth and much more - check it out.  Consider using one of our 7 logos and putting one on your site and link to Global Youth Justice's Website.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Logos.php
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 65
April 7, 2011
Australia has moved forward and established a local Youth Justice program and they call theirs "Youth Peer Panel".   Much is still going on with regards to the planning and operation of these Youth Justice programs in Australia.   The Ministry of Justice in Australia has created a website with simulated cases on-line with a unique and clever Virtual Peer Panel.  Check it out - click below.
http://court.vastpark.com/youthpeerpanel/

The Office of Justice Programs at the United States Department of Justice has a great website where they provide technical assistance on everything from Juvenile Justice Training to apply for grants and much more.  This is an excellent website - check it out.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/training/training.htm

Does your Youth Justice program have a formal relationship with a Mentoring program and make referrals for youth to sign-up for a formal mentoring relationship?   If so, you can win a free portfolio and possibly have your organization highlighted nationally if you agree to share how referrals are made and more.  If this is you - please email Scott.Peterson@GlobalYouthJustice.org

For you Public Policy followers - the Administration for Children, Youth and Families at the United States Department of Health and Human Services has an excellent website on a wide range of topics.  Check it out - click below.
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/laws_policies/

Check out the Global Youth Justice homepage on the very bottom of the page - we added some new Icons.  I particularly like the YouTube icon that directs people to our Global Youth Justice Channel.  Check it out - click below.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/

Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 64
April 5, 2011
Federal grant season will be winding down in the next month or so.  Usually, by early May most funding announcements from the federal government have been released.  I hope some of our readers who are involved with projects that are largely or partially grant supported - got some grants in.  Here at Global Youth Justice we have been busy with several federal grants since January.  This is our second year writing and working on grants for Global Youth Justice and our friends.   We co-partnered on two (2) applications and helped write a third application.  We are now working on helping with a fourth federal application and Global Youth Justice just might write a 5th federal application and I already have a really good idea (well - I think it is) for federal grant project in 2012.

Over the past month or two, I have included a few grant tips in this blog.
 

It is too late this year, but starting working on a Drug Free Communities grant for 2012. Here is the link to this grant that can be for $100,000 per year for up to five years.
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/dfc/files/fy11_RFA.pdf


Link to the Grantsmanship Center's Maphttp://www.tgci.com/funding.shtml

If you are not familiar with how to search for grants, log on to the Grants.Gov website and search by topic or federal agency and much more.   Here is a link to the website
http://www.grants.gov/applicants/find_grant_opportunities.jsp

These are just a few ideas.   Remember, at 2011's 1st Global Youth Justice Training Institute to Establish or Enhance a Youth Court or Teen Court this June 7-9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA we will have a 3rd day and it will offer a free grant writing full afternoon session.  Just log on to our website and click on the Training and Events Button.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 63
April 4, 2011
I am just back in Boston from some meetings in the Empire State - that would be New York State - my official home.   I was just responding to some emails from local Youth Justice staff in Tennessee, Florida, California, South Dakota and Arizona and I realized all those emails dealt with relatively new buttons on the Global Youth Justice Website.   I thought I would devote today's Blog to our new additions to the Global Youth Justice Website.

If you are reading the Global Youth Justice Daily Blog, you realize this is a relatively new addition to the Global Youth Justice website.  Do take a minute and bookmark us and/or send a link to this Blog to your adult and youth volunteers.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Scott_s_Daily_Blog.html

On February 14, 2011 the Global Youth Justice Website added a new Button on Resolutions passed in support of the advancement of Youth Justice diversion programs for purposes of reducing crime and incarcerations rates of youth, and eventually adults.  Check it out.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Resolutions_Passed.html

Law Day is celebrated annually on May 1st and often that entire week.  Because so many local Youth Justice programs in the USA are involved with Law Day, we dedicated a new Button on the Global Youth Justice Website.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Law_Day.html

On January 1, 2011, Global Youth Justice's Youth Justice USA passed a resolution identifying and targeting five (5) specific measurable objectives for the Youth Justice expansion in the USA.   A year earlier, Global Youth Justice passed a resolution identifying the five (5) measurable global objectives.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/The_2020_Plan.html

I added my bio as a new Button on the Global Youth Justice website.   I always like reading bio's of other individuals who are out there making life up like myself and for the most part - trying to be a better me.  Some days, I am better at that - than others.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Bio.html

We also added a new Button specific to joining our Global Youth Justice e-News and e-Alerts.
https://app.expressemailmarketing.com/Survey.aspx?SFID=74756

Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 62
April 3, 2011
I currently live in Boston, well actually Somerville, Massachusetts, USA and will likely be living here for the remainder of 2011 and then it is time to pack up and move - not sure where just yet...   Right now, I am back home in Albany, New York where I grew up and lived until age 27, with the exception few years, when I lived in another great America City - Buffalo, New York.

I am in Albany County (NY) right now and that includes many jurisdictions.   A county next to Albany County, New York is called Rennsalear County.  These two (2) counties include three (3) youth courts I helped start from 1993 to 1997.   All three (3) programs were initially part of Youth Courts of the Capital District, Inc.  From 1997 I served as the Executive Director of Youth Court of the Capital District, Inc. from 1993 to 1997.  During the time, I was also the founding coordinator and director of the Colonie Youth Court - this took about 50% of my week and I also worked about 10% time on the Bethlehem Youth Court in Albany County and 10% time for the East Greenbush Youth Court.

Here are the websites for the Colonie Youth Court and the East Greenbush Youth Court.

Colonie Youth Court
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 61
April, 2011
Did you know today is April Fools Day - go ahead and mess with someone.  I have 2 fake lottery tickets and I am going to put one in my neighbors mailbox.  Here is a link to learn a little more about April Fools Day  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day

One of the best Juvenile Justice Resources I ever came across was the State Profiles on Juvenile Justice at the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ).  NCJJ is a branch of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.   The State Profiles are excellent and help you with writing grants and researching statistics and much more.  It is excellent.  Here is a link to it - look at the top of the page to click on your state for a profile and you will see timely information  http://70.89.227.250:8080/stateprofiles/asp/using.asp

Global Youth Service Day is only about 2 weeks away and our buddies at Youth Service America are plugging away - here is a link to it http://gysd.org/

I live in Boston now, where I have lived for three years, but later today I am headed back home to New York - my real home.  I have some family stuff to do and help mom out and then a meeting this Monday, April 4th with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region - they are based in Albany, NY.   Speaking of New York - I had a great conversation with Karen Hurst from a Youth Justice program in Long Island, NY.  
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 60
March 31, 2011
A few weeks ago I posted some information on the Blog about partnering with your local and state Bar Associations and Foundations.  There are many great opportunities for local Youth Justice programs and Bar Associations/Foundations to partner on.  Someone sent me a link to a map you click on to find your local and state contact information for Bar Associations and Foundations - click here http://www.ncbf.org/join_ncbf/index.cfm?action=directory.

I get quite a few emails from staff and adult/youth volunteers in local Youth Justice programs.  Requests for statistics and data are among the most common requests.   At the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice there are several well known offices such as BJA (Bureau of Justice Assistance) and OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.   There is another important office that is often treated liked a "Bastard at a Family Reunion" and it is called the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).  BJS has excellent research and data - click here http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=abu

Another topic I touched on a few weeks ago in the Blog was for more of our Youth Justice staff and volunteers to actively make an effort to get appointed to your State Advisory Group (SAG) on Juvenile Justice.  Your Governor makes this appointment and you can write her/him and request to be appointed to this SAG.   I found another great website to help you learn more about this - click here
http://www2.dsgonline.com/sag/Default.aspx.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 59
March 30, 2011
Watch for Global Youth Justice to finally launch our Global Youth Justice Awards this year.  We have been working on it and going back and forth on who and what they are for and we still have some more work to do.  Feedback is always great, so if anyone has the time, please read our Youth Justice Awards button at the Global Youth Justice Website and give us an ideas.  I know I want to give out about 10 per year and I do not want to pick one youth over another, but I am willing to do that for the adult staff with these awards - as I think the part-time and full-time staff running these programs can always use more "thank you" awards and it might be good to have half for local and state efforts, so here is the link and email me at Scott.Peterson@GlobalYouthJustice.org with any ideas please. 
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Global_Youth_Justice_Awards.html

Does anyone else have a "Google Profile" like me?   I am not on facebook or twitter yet, but plan on it for later in 2011.   The Google Profile is cool and free.  Check mine out if you get a chance - I used a picture from when I was 3 years old. 
https://profiles.google.com/ScottBernardPeterson?hl=en#ScottBernardPeterson/about

We have ten (10) winners who put a Global Youth Justice logo and link to us on their website.  Here is just one from the great state of Indiana.  This is the Indiana Youth Services Bureau
http://www.mcysb.org/resources.html

Our upcoming Global Youth Justice Training Institute is now half filled up with more than 2 months to go.  This is good new for the Youth Justice field, as interest remains strong in Establishing a Youth Justice program called Youth Court/Teen Court.  Click on our Training and Events button on the Global Youth Justice website.

Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 58
March 29, 2011
Watch for a new Blog set-up and design soon.   Our daily Global Youth Justice Blog is now in our top five (5) most visited buttons on the Global Youth Justice website, so my webmaster James Olezene from San Antonio,Texas will be making this change this week.

There is still room in the upcoming OJJDP National Conference this October and remember there is no registration fee - it is free.   I am a little surprised it did not fill up yet, but - when you consider the hotel is about $250 per night with tax, this is quite expensive.  Also, the conference is at the National Harbor and transportation is more of a hassle and the conference is not in Washington, DC near the monuments.   I am registered and I hope to see some of our readers there.  Here is the link
http://www.cvent.com/events/ojjdp-s-2011-national-conference-for-children-s-justice-safety-unite-build-lead/event-summary-a229951d28314ae4b19886011163d55e.aspx.

Registration for Global Youth Justices 1st Training Institute to Establish, Enhance, or Expand a local Youth Court or Teen Court program this June 7-9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA is about half full and we still have about 2 1/2 months to go.   It is very affordable and the hotel per night is under $50.  Click below for more registration information http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Training_and_Events.html.

March seemed like it just stated and now it is just about over.   If you did not read out March e-News, click here to read it http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/uploads/MarcheeNews2011.pdf.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 57
March 28, 2011
Have any of our readers ever heard about Kickstarter?  It is this great website where you can come up with an idea within their guidelines and people from all around the world can donate money to help fund your idea and make it come to fruition.   Thank you to our good friend Bob Hills from the National Council to Prevent Delinquency for sharing this with us.  Check it out - click here https://www.kickstarter.com/.

What did the Bird say when he flew over K-Mart?  Cheap Cheap..Cheap Cheap..Cheap Cheap...   Ok - it is a corny joke - I know.  Speaking of birds - thank you to the American Bar Association for sending our a Tweet on their Twitter account about our upcoming Global Youth Justice Training Institute this June in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.   Check it out  - just click here http://twitter.com/abapubliced/status/9991027904

Global Youth Justice is a partner with America's Promise and we also were glad to see our buddies over their at AP send out an announcement on our upcoming training.  Click here to check it out http://www.americaspromise.org/News-and-Events/News-and-Features/APB-2011/Vol-11/Global-Youth-Justice-Courts.aspx

More and more YouTube videos are appearing on-line and this one from Homewood Peer Court in Illinois is very good and we included it as a favorite on the Global Youth Justice Channel on YouTube.   Good job Mary and Curtis and the many other other youth and adult volunteers - check it out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWchDRdIJL0.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 56
March 26, 2011
Did you know that Youth Court and Teen Court program are now listed in the OJJDP Model Programs Guide? They are and this is GREAT news for the Youth Justice Movement.  Make sure and let your funders and supporters know about this.  Here is the link to the Federal Model Programs Guide http://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/progTypesTeenYouth.aspx.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is a branch of the Office of Justice Programs at the United States Department of Justice, just like OJJDP and BJA.   BJS has just released a report on Crime and Schools.  It has some very good information and will especially be helpful for our School-Based Youth Justice programs.  This newly released statistical information is from 2010 and was released in 2011 and will be good for utilizing in grants and reports.  Check it out http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2231

I keep thinking about Hurricane Katrina lately - in part, because of the devastation that took place in Japan.  It seems like so much suffering is going on from starvation and diseases to wars and even the individual personal suffering and struggles that just about everyone goes through - I guess that is life, and we just have to strive to bring more good in to this world than bad, and in our own way, we are helping make the world a little better place with our efforts to establish, enhance and expand Youth Justice programs for purposes of reducing crime and incarceration rates.   Speaking of Hurricane Katrina, there are countless people and organizations who continue to make time in their lives to help our fellow human beings out.  The Open Society Institute is just one example and a good one at that - check this out on their website
http://www.soros.org/resources/multimedia/katrina
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 55
March 25, 2011
Check out these 3 Youth Justice Videos

Baltimore City Teen Court
Maryland, USA

Ignacio Teen Court
Colorado, USA

Salt Lake City Peer Court
Utah, USA

Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 54
March 24, 2011
State Advisory Group Members are often called SAG Members.  SAG Members are appointed by Governors and there are usually about 15-25 of them in every state to include youth and adults.  SAG members are volunteer Juvenile Justice Advisory Group Members and they have an important Juvenile Justice role on a state level from voting on federal OJJDP juvenile justice grants to helping develop state plans around the four (4) core mandates such as "Disproportionate Minority Confinement" and "Removal from Jail" and "Separation from Sight and Sound" and "De-institutionalization of Status Offenders".  At Global Youth Justice we want to encourage more of our adult and youth readers to write a letter to your Governor requesting that  you be appointed to your State SAG.  We are glad to help you with this and we are even willing to write you a letter of support.  Click here to learn more about State Advisory Group.  http://www2.dsgonline.com/sag/Default.aspx

The Global Youth Justice Channel on YouTube is about to pass 2,000 views.  If you have not seen it - check it out.  If our readers have any videos on Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court and Youth Peer Panel - let us know and we are glad to add your video to our "favorite List" and or "upload your video" - of course with your permission.   A special thank you to our Global Youth Justice Webmaster James Olezene from San Antonio, Texas, USA.  Check it out
http://www.youtube.com/user/dryouthcourt?feature=mhum

Quite a few local Youth Justice staff are working on federal grant and/or have a federal grant or a state grant that is federal funding.  I get quite a few requests for the Federal Per Diem Chart that show federal rates for lodging and meals and other travel related federal funding limits.  Here is the Federal Chart
http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21287.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 53
March 23, 2011
My Global Youth Justice launched Youth Justice USA in 2011.  Youth Justice USA's first task was to pass a resolution on January 1, 2011 for purposes of establishing five (5) measurable objectives for Youth Justice programs in the United States of America by 2020.  Just click on the Resolutions Passed Button or the 2020 Plan Button on our website to read specifics about the five (5) measureable objectives.  Good news - the United States Copyright and Patent Office awarded the Trademark "Youth Justice USA" to my Global Youth Justice, LLC.   Check it out http://www.trademarkia.com/youth-justice-usa-85147945.html

Youth Justice USA has also now submitted its first Federal OJJDP Grant application for 2011 - fingers crossed on this application and one other federal grant application Global Youth Justice submitted with two (2) of the leading National Organizations in the USA.  Watch for many more exciting things from Global Youth Justice, LLC and Youth Justice USA in the coming year and many more surprises ahead.   While everything I strive to do will not work out - it won't be for a lack of trying and trying again.   Thank you to all my supporters and please know we welcome new opportunities to partner.  


I just got back from the All-U-Can Eat Buffet at the awesome at the famous Bellaggio here in Las Vegas.  It sure was good and it was about my 20th time and of course I highly recommend it.   I have been there with about 100 adult staff from local youth courts, teen courts, peer courts and student courts here in the USA and from several other countries.   I grew up in a food family where eating is one of our hobbies and my dad was as chef and until the day he passed, he was a big fan of good food.  How about a little food quiz?   What is the oldest continually operating resteraunt in the USA...?  Hint - it open in 1826 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA where I currently live.   Click below to find out and if you are ever in Boston, email me and I am glad to meet you here for dinner.  Click here to find out http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 52
March 22, 2011
Youth Justice programs are a category of juvenile justice diversion/intervention programs most commonly referred to as Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court, Youth Peer Jury and Youth Peer Panels.   I think it is healthy for local communities to select which name they prefer to use.   I also think it is important we recognize the these Youth Justice programs are not "Formal Courts", but rather - they are programs.  It is my understanding a "Formal Court" in the USA is only established by the U.S. Constitution or by a State Statute.   

Speaking of Formal Courts, the Justice Policy Institute just released new research findings on Drug Courts and it is not good news for Drug Courts.  I have seen good and bad research and data on Drug Courts, and to date, this is the worst study I have seen.  It is important to keep all this in perspective, just as we would with research on Youth Justice programs.  You can read this report by click on this link
http://www.justicepolicy.org/uploads/justicepolicy/documents/addicted_to_courts_final.pdf
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 51
March 21, 2011
About half of the 100 plus emails I get at Global Youth Justice each week about funding and other resources.   One of the best tips I have with regards to private Foundation and Corporate Grants and Contributions is the Funding Map on the Grantsmanship Center's Website.   The Map has Top State Level and Local Community Foundations and Corporate Giving Programs.  There is even a link for your government funding agencies.   Check it out - just click here 
http://www.tgci.com/funding.shtml.

I have received a few dozen emails and calls about the 2nd Global Youth Justice Staff Retreat and Training Institute.   We had our first one in 2010 and we will be having the second one in 2012 in mid-June and yes - it will be in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.  Start saving those pennies for this Bi-Annual OUTSTANDING event - Registration opens on February 1, 2012 and as usual - we will strive to make it affordable.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 50
March 20, 2011
A friend of mine works at the Open Society Institute (yes - that is George Soros's Foundation) and among many other funding and grant opportunities, they now have an interesting Fellowship Opportunity.   It might be good for some of our readers.  You might want or need to make a change in life (voluntarily or involuntarily - I can related to both) or someone might have the time to work on something productive and useful.  Click here
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/fellowship/news/call-for-proposals-fellowship-20100630

I also came across a good grant related resource.  It is called "Grants 101" and it is on the website for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice.  It is also free - check it out
http://www.ojp.gov/grants101/submitapplication.htm

Speaking of grants and resources, I just added 31 more links to the Resource Directory at the Global Youth Justice Website.   I found 19 and 12 more adults and youth sent me ideas to share.  Click here
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Resources.html
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson
 
Day 40
March 19, 2011
The past few weeks have been very busy for youth advocates.  Both the House, Senate and President's budget are proposing major cuts in a wide range of programs and services - especially federal juvenile justice funding.  Changes are also proposed for how some of the federal juvenile justice funding is administered.   Times are tight and it looks like we are in for some cuts to federal, state and local funding.   Here is a great link to the President's Budget for 2012 - just click here
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget.

A buddy of mine sent me over a link for people interested in enrolling as a consultant for the federally funded National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC).   This link can be utilized for purposes of reviewing the criteria for those interest in submitting a resume for purposes of being hired as a consultant by OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center.  Click https://www.nttac.org/index.cfm?event=consultant.

It is Saturday morning here in Boston.  I just got back from Kelly's Diner with my cousin Frank who was here visiting from New York.  Time for me to pack for Las Vegas, as my plane leaves tonight from Boston at 7:55 pm and I get to Vegas around midnight with the three (3) hour time zone.   My Global Youth Justice and the National Partnership for Juvenile Services has a meeting on the new OJJDP grant we were award to evaluate mentoring and juvenile justice settings to include Youth Court/Teen Court.  I hired several of the Youth Court/Teen Court staff to help with this project and we are looking forward to increasing appropriate mentoring services for youth involved in local Youth Justice programs to include mentoring services for volunteers and offenders.

Have a good day readers!
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 39
March 18, 2011
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform is seeking applications for a new Statewide Juvenile Justice project.  They will pick three (3) states to participate in this new Training and Technical Assistance project.   Some of our readers might be interested in applying.  Click here for more information
http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/jjsip/jjsip.html

Mary Therese Fazzini from the Homewood Flossmoor Peer Jury program in Illinois sent me a very good seven (7) minute video on these Youth Justice programs.  Mary and the adults and youth involved in her program are doing an excellent job with the program locally and on a state level and on a national/international level with regards to making the time to get the word out - like they did with this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWchDRdIJL0

Judge Arthur Burnett, Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition and President of the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Youth Court sent me a great article on the Time Dollar Youth Court - check it out.
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2011/02/18/setting-juveniles-straight-in-d-c-youth-court/
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 38
March 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.  I currently live out here in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA and Boston is known for their active support of St. Patrick's Day and many, many people partake in festivities - especially at the Irish Pubs and Bars.  I am meeting some buddies at Old Maggoons at noon for some green beer.

In other news, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the United States Department of Justice is looking to hire quite a few people to help review grant applications.  You make about $1,000 for 3-5 days of work.  OJJDP sent an email telling people to email them their resume.  Send an email to OJJDPConsultantPool@usdoj.gov and type "Peer Review Candidate" in the subject line.  

OJJDP also announced one of their grantees is offering an on-line training course (free) to help schools and communities respond better to truancy cases.   Here is a link they provided to learn more about it
http://www.partnershipuniversity.org/.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 37
March 16, 2011
Link to Global Youth Justice Website on your website and you win a prize if you are one of the first twenty-five (25) people to do this.  Use one of our logos on our Global Youth Justice Websites - just click on our Logos and Images button.  Once you have our link posted to our website, just email Scott.Peterson@GlobalYouthJustice.org and send us the link and we will send you one of the 25 special prizes we have set aside.

Watch for our March e-News coming out this month.  We continue with our Top 10 theme to keep GYJ's e-news short and to the point.   If you are not on our distribution list for our free e-News, just click on our Monthly e-Newsletter button on the Global Youth Justice Website.  Don't forget that Global Youth Service Day is this April 15-17, 2011 and Law Day is May 1, 2011.   We have links to both in our e-newsletter coming up and much more.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 36
March 15, 2011
The News Blog at the Global Youth Justice Website is different from the Daily Blog.  The News Blog has links to more than 300 local news stories on local Youth Justice programs often referred to as Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court, Youth Court and Youth Peer Panel.   Check out the News Blog, I just added about a dozen news stories sent in from adult staff and youth/adult volunteers in local Youth Justice programs.  Click Below
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/New___Press.html

Our friends in Japan need our help.  Global Youth Just has just donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross and specifically targeted our donation for disaster relieve for the victims and families in Japan.   The American Red Cross has an easy to donate site, where you click on where you want you money to go.   Times are tough for so many people around the globe and here at home, but they are especially tough for our friends in Japan.  Click here to donate
http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_src=RSG000000000&s_subsrc=RCO_ResponseStateSection
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 35
March 14, 2011
At Global Youth Justice we have updated and increased our links to State Level Resources on our Website Button called "The Resource Directory".  There are now almost 50 links to state level resources.  These range from local and state foundations to state level juvenile justice funding and state level service offices and much more.  These are excellent links and we encourage you to make some new friends for your local and state youth justice efforts.  Each of the approximate fifty (50) links will give you one or more contact people and we suggest you compile all these names, emails and addresses and send them information on your Youth Justice efforts and invite them to events and send them a link to your website.  Below are just a handful of these fifty (50) links on our website under "The Resource Directory". to give you a few examples.   Good luck and network, network and network!

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) State Contacts 
Includes State Representative, Juvenile Justice Specialist, EUDL Coordinator, DMC Contact, JABG, State Community Prevention, State Planning Agency, and SAG Contacts.
 
Coalition of Juvenile Justice Listing of State Contacts
http://www.juvjustice.org/states.html
 

State and Local Listing of Youth Justice/Juvenile Justice programs called

Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court, Youth Peer Panels.

State Profiles of Underage Drinking Laws

Service in Your State: Corporation for National and Community Service
Senior Corps, Americorps, Learn and Service, VISTA, MLK Day, State Service Contacts.
http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/role_impact/state_profiles.asp

The Grantsmanship Center’s Map of Local Funding Listed by State
Top Grant Making Agencies by State, Top Community Foundations, Corporate Giving Listed by State, and State Government Homepages.

State Law-Related Education Offices and Websites
Civics, Law-Related Education (LRE), Service and More.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 34
March 13, 2011
Law Day and Global Youth Service Day are both right around the corner.  One is in April and one is in May.  Hundreds and hundreds of local Youth Justice programs have participated in the past decade and this is an excellent opportunity for local youth courts, teen courts, peer courts, student courts and youth peer panel programs to unite around a few national and international campaigns and these fit right in with what we all do.  Click on our "Partners and Friends" Button to the left and you will see links to both Law Day and Global Youth Service Day.

Thirteen (13) states, DC and Guam are already register for the upcoming Global Youth Justice 1st 2011 Training Institute to Establish or Enhance a Youth Court/Teen Court.  The dates are this June 7-9, 2011 and we expect another great crowd.   Interest is growing from other parts of the world and several states where we do not have but 1 or 2 local Youth Justice programs.  Click on our "Events and Training" button on the left for more details.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime.  -Scott Peterson

Day 33
March 11, 2011
Global Youth Service Day is one of the worlds largest services events and youth and adults from many local youth justice programs around the world  participate in this annual event organized by our buddies at Youth Service America.  April 15-17, 2011 are the dates this year for Global Youth Service Day.   It is not too late to start planning.  It is the perfect time to organize a local community service event for the youthful offenders to complete their peer imposed community service and for the the youth and adult volunteers to participate also.  Here is a link to Global Youth Service Day
http://www.gysd.org/
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 32
March 10th, 2011
OJJDP has just announced FREE Registration for their 2011 National Conference this October 12-14, 2011 in Maryland, USA.   Register quick and reserve your spot.  We look forward to having many readers attend and organizing a fun dinner event one night.

Just click here
http://www.cvent.com/events/ojjdp-s-2011-national-conference-for-children-s-justice-safety-unite-build-lead/event-summary-a229951d28314ae4b19886011163d55e.aspx
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 31
March 9, 2011
Global Youth Justice encourages local Youth Courts, Teen Courts, Peer Courts, Student Courts and Youth Peer Panels to undertake increased public education efforts to further educate local adults and youth about the education, prevention and intervention benefits of these local Youth Justice programs.   Make a list and target ten (10) organizations, civic and fraternal groups, faith-based groups, elected officials and other local community groups for purposes of increasing awareness and support for your local Youth Justice program.

Look in the yellow pages under Civic and Fraternal Groups.   Think about clubs and groups like the Rotary, American Legion, Elks Clubs, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Clubs, and many other groups.   Write a letter and/or call these groups and clubs and request to come speak to their members about your local Youth Justice program.  Make sure to involve youth and former youthful offenders and adult volunteers.  Bring brochures and any reports and pens and any t-shirts.  Make a plan first to include how these groups can help and ask them to come up with ideas to get involved.  Look at what your program needs to reinvigorate support and renew old or faltering partnerships.  Put a committee together to work on this - it can only be a good thing.   If you need some good short videos about local Youth Justice programs we have three (3) good ones at the Global Youth Justice Channel - check them out here
http://www.youtube.com/user/dryouthcourt?feature=mhum.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 30
March 8, 2011
I get about 75-100 emails a day and there are about five (5) of them about my appearance on ABC Worldwide News back in June of 2008.  Almost 10 million people watched the initial broadcast, and the 15 minute segment with 12 Time Emmy Award Winning News Journalist Brian Ross interviewing me is on about 150 different websites and YouTube Channels.   In June of 2010, I had my webmaster James Olezene from Texas upload a full version on YouTube.  Last week it just passed 6,000 views!  If you have not see this interview, it is interesting.  Check it out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHqRH4Cx8A8

Many local adult staff and volunteers in local Youth Justice programs are learning how to write grants out of necessity to keep their programs operational in these scary fiscal times, and especially with the increasing cuts coming on a state level.   Sometimes knowing where to start is confusing to say the least.  I get about 10 emails a day from local Youth Justice staff struggling to stay afloat professionally and/or personally.   With regards to where to start if you are new to grant writing/development, there is a good Grants 101 Section of the website at the Office of Justice Programs. Click here
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/grants101/
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 29
March 7, 2011
Global Youth Justice is up in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee today.   I am in Knoxville County in the City of Pigeon Forge - famous for being the home of Dollywood, Dolly's Splash County and where the first local Imagination Library Early Childhood Literacy program started.   Dolly Parton's Imagination Library gives one book per month to children from birth to age five (5) for a total of 60 books.   It is now the largest private National Literacy Program in the USA, and there are now chapters in the UK and Canada.

More than 1,200 local communities around the world are now participating in this literacy and reading program, and a staggering 30 Million books have been distributed to children.  I proudly led the effort to establish the first local program in Washington, DC in 2007 I and helped expand the program in Alaska.   With my Global Youth Justice, I wanted to make sure we are giving back even more, and doing even more to make the world a better place in my own way.   As the sole owner of Global Youth Justice, LLC, I made a decision to give 10% of ALL of our income at Global Youth Justice, LLC to a charitable cause I proactively support.  

Since 2011 is our first year of operational profits, I made a decision to donate all 10% of Global Youth Justice income to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for expansion efforts in the USA and around the world.  Tomorrow (3/8/2011) I will be meeting with the President of the Dollywood Foundation and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (David Dotson) and I will give him our first donation check for the 1st quarter of 2011.   We are pleased to announce our first donation will be $2,620 for purposes of getting more books in to the hands of children and youth.  Literacy and education are vital for a more productive, and higher quality of life, and at Global Youth Justice we support this, and the efforts of Dolly and the thousands of adults in more than 1,200 communities who are participating in this outstanding and clever program.  Check it out 
http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 28
March 6, 2011
The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association has local members all across the USA and around the world.   Enhance your local youth justice program efforts by contacting the Young Lawyers Division at the ABA and find some new supporters in your local community.  Here is the link
http://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers.html

I have yet to sign up for Facebook or Twitter or some of the other social media networks.  At Global Youth Justice we have this web page and we have a Global Youth Justice Channel.   I also just created a Google Personal Profile, at the recommendation of a buddy of mine.  Check it out here
https://profiles.google.com/ScottBernardPeterson#ScottBernardPeterson

I was at 5 am this morning and in a cab to Boston Logan Airport.  It is 6:42 am now and I am on my way to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to meet with David Dotson, President of Dolly Parton's Foundation and then I go to Washington, DC to meet with some officials from the U.S. Department of Justice and a few of our Global Youth Justice partners on this new OJJDP grant we have been awarded.   An exciting week is ahead.  
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 27
March 5, 2011
My first job in Youth Justice was back in 1993, when I established and incorporated the Colonie Youth Court in Albany, New York (of course with lots of help).  I worked there as the coordinator, director, secretary, and grant writer.  The board of directors was even nice enough to let me raise my own salary.  I am sure quite of few of our readers can relate to jobs like that in past and/or present.   I worked there from 1993 to 1997, and during that time we handled about 300 juvenile referrals and had court about 130 nights.  

About 5 or 6 of those juvenile referrals were for youth who made fake 911 calls.  This is a very serious crime, as most often an ambulance/EMS, fire engine, and/or a police car will respond to the emergency calls.  If an ambulance responded to a false call, and it resulted in being unable to timely respond to a real life or death situation - this could result in loss of life.  I was so proud of the youth jury one night when they came back with a verdict that the youthful offender appearing before them that night had 60 hours of community service and it needed to take place traveling with EMS to real calls and help the EMS staff with work.  I was always thankful to the EMS adult staff for helping me with these youth court mandated and peer imposed community service placements. 

**Did you hear about the 5 year old girl who called EMS because her dad was having a heart attack?   The Bonnie Hunt Show recently featured this call.  You have to listen - this little girl is hilarious and it is adorable - check it out for yourself, as I do not want to spoil it
http://www.maniacworld.com/stay-calm-dad.html
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 26
March 4, 2011
Earn some extra $$.   Federal grant season is upon us, and Uncle Sam needs your help to score federal grants on a wide range of criminal justice, juvenile justice, health and human service, employment preparedness and training grants and more.   Most federal agencies pay about 3 or 4 consulting days at about $300 to $350 per day for individuals to serve on peer review panels of usually three (3) people and you will score about 9-12 grants.  It does take some time and you do earn that money, but it can be fun and it is some extra money to take a trip, save and/or pay those darn bills that just keep coming in the mail.  

How do you sign-up to serve as a peer reviewer?   It is not that difficult and below we are making it a little easier by pointing you in the direction of about a half dozen of likely hundreds of opportunities out there.  See below and good luck to our readers who apply.  In short - we suggest applying for them all and you will likely get called this year, or next year.   If you find more opportunities, please pass them along to us so we can share them. 

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/pr_main/newaccount.jsp

Health Resources and Services Administration at U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.
https://grants.hrsa.gov/webReview/

Administration for Children, Youth and Families at U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.
http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/funding/index.html#BecomeaGrantReviewer

OJJDP seeks peer reviewers.
http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/enews/10juvjust/100115.html

Bureau of Justice Assistance, OJP, U.S. Department of Justice.
Send your resume to this email and type apply to become a peer reviewer in the subject line.
Byrne.Discretionary@usdoj.gov

Peer Review for Office of Justice Program branches such as OVC, BJA, NIJ and more.
https://www.ojppeerreview.org.

Peer Review for the U.S. Department of Labor, Youth Employment and Training Administration.  Send a resume to: eta.paneling@dol.gov


Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 25
March 3, 2011
Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement from Global Youth Justice on an upcoming free National Juvenile Justice Conference.  Make sure you are subscribed to the free Global Youth Justice e-News for this announcement and many others that only go to our subscribers.  At the top of this page is an announcement with a link to join.

Global Youth Justice got has received seven (7) more registration this week for 2011's 1st International Training Institute to Establish/Enhance a local Youth Court or Teen Court from Global Youth Justice.  It will take place this June 7-9, 2011 in the great American City of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.   We negotiated some very good low rates for the hotel for the participants - so plan to come early and/or stay a few days late.   Thank you to OJJDP for posting a link to this event here
http://www.ojjdp.gov/events/EventDetail.asp?ei=19832.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 24
March 2, 2011
Who remembers former OJJDP Administrator Shay Bilchik?  I am sure many of our readers at least know of him.  He was excellent in the role of Administrator of OJJDP, back when President Clinton appointed him to that role in the early 1990's.  Shay was there about 6 or 7 years and left in 1999.   Shay gave me one of my first big breaks in Juvenile Justice when he hired me back in 1997, at the recommendation of the highly regarded Ms. Emily Martin, Former Director of Training and Technical Assistance at OJJDP.  

Anyway - we encourage our readers to check out what Shay is up to now.  He is currently the director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute in Washington, DC.   Each year they put on this excellent Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders.  Last year, I heard many good things about this professional development opportunity. 
Here is a link to this relatively new Center Shay established
http://cjjr.georgetown.edu.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 23
March 1, 2011
Two (2) very good e-Newsletters and e-Alerts to join for purposes of being more updated and informed on Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice matters include those offered for free from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).   OJJDP and BJA are branches of the Office of Justice Programs at the United States Department of Justice.   Having worked at OJJDP from 1997 to 2008, I can tell you first hand these are both good and our readers should consider joining one or both - if you are not already.  Below are the links, just click on them to join for free.

Join OJJDP's JuvJust 
https://puborder.ncjrs.gov/listservs/subscribe_JUVJUST.asp

Join BJA's e-News
https://puborder.ncjrs.gov/listservs/subscribe_bjanewsletter.asp

Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 22
February 28, 2011
The Resource Directory button on the Global Youth Justice website has been updated.  Once a month, I make some time to update this growing list of links on all kinds of resources to support many aspects of a youth justice program and quite a few other links to the adult and youth staff and volunteers involved with and/or supporters of Youth Justice programs often referred to as youth court, teen court, peer court, student court and youth peer panel.  The Resource Directory has almost 500 links to foundations, state level contacts, job links and opportunities, criminal and juvenile justice funding and information, peer review opportunities to earn a little extra cash, and much more.   Check it out and send us ideas,
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Resources.html
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 21
February 27, 2011
Someone sent me a very good website over at the National Clearing House on Families and Youth in the Family and Youth Services Bureau at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  Check it out, just click here
http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/funding.

Off to Tennessee and Washington, DC next week, so this week is a busy one.  I will be working on getting the Global Youth Justice e-News ready for emailing in early March and I will be working on the new OJJDP Juvenile Justice and Mentoring grant.   One of the larger National Juvenile Justice Organizations and Global Youth Justice just partnered on a new federal grant application to OJJDP - fingers crossed.  

A half dozen new registrations came in last week for our upcoming Global Youth Justice Training to Establish or Enhance a local Youth Court or Teen Court this June in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.   This is still more than 3 months away and we are just starting to advertise for it.   Click on our Training and Events Button for more information.  We added another half day training session on writing grants - as this is an invaluable skill to have.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 20
February 25, 2011
Turn on the news and you are likely to hear about increasing shortfalls in local and state municipal budgets, in addition to the federal budget.   Programs and services are being reduced at double digit rates from just one year to the next.   Tough times are ahead for many juvenile justice and criminal justice programs relying in part on public funding.  Youth Justice programs like Youth Court and Teen Court are fortunate to be volunteer driven and therefor have lower budgets than most any comparable program.  Still - these Youth Justice programs need resources to pay for much needed full and part-time staff coordination, management and administration.  It is vital to have committed and professional staff working in these programs who are compensated like comparable professions.

One tip we have today for our readers is the Grantsmanship Center's website on foundation and corporate funding.   Community and state-based foundations are more likely to support local and state Youth Justice efforts.   The Global Youth Justice Daily Blog encourages you to take a look at this excellent website and look for funding resources to maintain, enhance and/or expand Youth Justice programs
http://www.tgci.com/funding.shtml.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 19
February 24, 2011
Global Youth Justice is searching for local youth justice programs who utilize mentoring services and refer youthful offenders and youth volunteers for such services.  Some youth justice programs directly operate complimentary mentoring and youth justice programs and other youth justice programs refer youth to local community-based organizations for mentoring services.   Global Youth Justice will be highlighting five (5) local youth justice programs in our new OJJDP grant to document how youth justice programs are effectively and efficiently utilizing mentoring services.  If this is you and/or you have some ideas, please email me at Scott.Peterson@GlobalYouthJustice.org.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 18
February 23, 2011
Federal grant season is upon us.  Dozens and dozens of our friends and colleagues are busy researching and writing federal grant application and proposals.   From local Drug Free Communities Support Grants to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grants.  At Global Youth Justice we are also working on several federal grant applications with several national organizations in the United States.  Global Youth Justice, LLC plans to submit three (3) federal grants where we are co-partners in 2011 and we plan to work on several others with our friends where we would have a contractual relationship.  Thank you to the more than twenty-three (23) youth justice programs for writing us letters of support so far.   If you are not familiar with how to search for grants, log on to the Grants.Gov website and search by topic or federal agency and much more.   Here is a link to the website
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 17
February 22, 2011
Twenty-three (23) new links to local Youth Justice programs have been added to the Global Youth Justice Website at our button titled "Locate a Local Program".   Thank you to the adults and youth from these local youth courts and teen courts who sent us these.  We are gradually approaching 400 links to local and state Youth Justice websites so even more youth and adults can volunteer for Youth Justice and help reduce crime and incarceration rates around the globe.   Visits this section on our website and if you do not see your local youth justice program, please email Scott.Peterson@GlobalYouthJustice.org.  Click here
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Youth_Websites.html
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 16
February 20, 2011.
The copyright for the name "Youth Justice USA" has officially be granted to Global Youth Justice, LLC.   Youth Justice USA will handle a significant percentage of the activities for the United States and it's 50 states, 5 U.S. Territories, District of Columbia and the 565 American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes.   We have several other copyrights in the hopper and plan to work on a few more in 2011.

I started working on our next e-News for February and March.   I will most likely make it a double issue, as so many things have fortunately been going on.   Watch for it in the next 10 days.  This will be a busy week for Global Youth Justice, as we will be working on our new OJJDP grant.  We will be researching local youth courts who are actively involved with mentoring services and referrals of youthful offenders and/or youth volunteers for such services.  If that is you - please email Scott.Peterson@GlobalYouthJustice.org.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 15
February 19, 2011.
At Global Youth Justice we are working on several locations for our 2012 Global Youth Justice Staff Retreat and Training Institute.  It will be taking place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA again.  We had our 1st Global Youth Justice Retreat in June, 2010 and it was excellent in Cape Cod - so we are going back.  This Global Youth Justice event will take place every other year, and because we need to sign a contract a year in advance - we are taking care of that today.  You can visit our Training and Events Button and scroll down to read more about that event.  We have 50 adult Youth Court and Teen Court directors and coordinators - to include past and present and a few other people.  Click here and start saving your pennies for Cape Cod - as you deserve it.  I will be in mid-June of 2012.  This is the resort we will likely stay at 
http://www.provincetowninn.com/.  Start making plans.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 14
February 18, 2011.
The News Blog at the Global Youth Justice website is updated with about a dozen new News Stories sent in to us from local youth justice programs.   Check them out and send us any of your news stories so we can post them and share them with others. 

http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/New___Press.html

Thank you to the more than fifty (50) emails and calls we got this week at Global Youth Justice about the new Resolutions Passed button on our website.  We try to keep things in a historical perspective, as it is important.   I have just been asked to write another professional journal article for an excellent peer reviewed journal.  I plan to give some thought to the angle on this new journal article today and I also will be working on finalizing details for the trip to Kobe, Japan later in the year for Global Youth Justice Expansion plans.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 13
February 17, 2011.
I woke up to the Global Youth Justice website passing 40,000 unique visitors.  This is a nice milestone and the rate of monthly increase in the number of visitors continues to rise with each passing month.

Global Youth Justice is working on a new Global Partnership with one of the biggest superstars on the planet.   As a limited liability company solely owned, it is easier for me to make decisions - as good, bad or indifferent they are all mine and I have no one to thank or blame but me.   I think I have a great idea with this likely new partnership that will allow Global Youth Justice to help make the world a little better place in our way.  Watch for a news announcement in the coming months if it all works out. 

A few more registrations came in for our June 7-9, 2011 Training Institute to Establish, Enhance or Expand a local Youth Court or Teen Court in Las Vegas, NV, USA.  This is still four (4) months away, but we opened up registration much earlier - to allow people to plan easier and hopefully they plan for a few extra days of R & R, as we got awesome low rates on the hotel rooms in Vegas and at a great place.   We expect another great crowd of fun people, as the Global Youth Justice Trainings continue to get bigger and better with each year.  Don't miss out - make plans to come to one of our Training Institutes in 2011 in Vegas or Cape Cod in 2012.  Click on our Training and Events button on this website for more information.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 12
February 16, 2011.
The 2020 Global Youth Justice button on the Global Youth Justice website has been updated.  The Global Youth Justice Plan was adopted on January 1, 2010 and the Youth Justice USA Plan was adopted on January 1, 2011.  Global Youth Justice adopted these resolutions and the updates on the 2020 Global Youth Justice Plan button now includes the performance measures on five (5) areas for the United States.  Before, only the five (5) Global objectives were listed.   Click below and consider adopting your own local objective for each of the five (5) we listed.  Be daring and come up with more measures and or only used one or three of ours.  At Global Youth Justice we do not provide you with "Guidelines" on how you need to do things, rather - we strive to give you ideas and lots of them and hopefully more good and indifferent - rather than bad ideas.  Here is the link:
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/The_2020_Plan.html
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott

Day 11
February 15, 2011
I am getting the day started.  Today, I only plan to work about 30 minutes or so on Global Youth Justice.   I will update the News Blog with about one dozen new local news stories on local youth justice programs sent to me from adults and youth in 11 states.  I just got some great new data-base lists from my new buddies Lisa and Steve over at Offender Solutions.  Some of you might know them - they run the on-line theft classes and other educational courses on-line for youth and adult sentenced to complete community service.  Check their website out
http://www.offendersolutions.com/.

Off to the Boston Sports Club to get in a good hour of cardio and lifting and then back home to work on a research grant Global Youth Justice was awarded and later in the day, I have to get ready for several partnership new grant calls on Wednesday.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson.


Day 10
February 14, 2011
Happy Valentines Day to everyone.   May the year ahead be an even better year for us all.   I have a wooden carved plaque in my kitchen - it says "Please Lord, Let me Prove to You that I can Win the Lottery and Still Remain Humble".    Go buy a lottery ticket, as that is your Global Youth Justice Tip of the Day - not that we have them often, but it is today.

Hope you checked out the new Resolutions Button at the Global Youth Justice website.  The American Bar Association adopted a resolution today in support of the local to Global Youth Justice expansion.  This is great news - check it out.   I hope you all got the Global Youth Justice e-Alert today - it went out to more than 50,000 people and let them all know the ABA House of Delegates Passed a Resolution in Support of Youth Justice.  Today was a very good day for all of us supporters of Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court and Student Court.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson.

Day 9
February 13, 2011.
Just back from a few days off.  I went home to Albany, New York.  It is only about a 2.5 hour trip from Boston, MA where I am living now.  Today is busier than usual Sunday.  I am just finishing up editing one new OJJDP grant that OJJDP is partnering on with some friends at a National organization we partnered with in the past and lost.  So - never, ever, ever give up is my motto and we are trying it again.  So far, the grant is turning out considerably improved from last year.  Working on a few others where Global Youth Justice will partner as a co-applicant and we are helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of America with their OJJDP National Mentoring grant application.

Tomorrow is a big day - not only is it Valentines Day, but the American Bar Association votes on a resolution in support of local Youth Justice programs often referred to as youth court, teen court, peer court, student court and youth peer panel.   Make sure and check out our website on Monday and watch for a big Global Youth Justice announcement and don't for to click on our new Resolutions Passed button at the Global Youth Justice Website:
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. -Scott Peterson

Day 8
February 9, 2011.
Let me start the day with a Great Funding Tip that you will most likely want to click on, and save as one of your favorite bookmarks.  The Grantsmanship Center's funding section has this great map that you can easily click on your state and you will see a listing of local and state foundations more specific to your geographic area.  In addition to top grant making foundations in your state, you can click on top corporate giving programs and top community foundations - the ones that you are most likely to have success with if your request meets their specific funding area(s).   Check it out - and Good Luck!
Link to the Grantsmanship Center's Map
http://www.tgci.com/funding.shtml
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. - Scott Peterson

Day 7.
February 8, 2011.
Thank you to many of the local youth justice programs for linking to our website.   Feel free to use one of our logo's and put it on your website, as youth and adult visitors can just click on our logo and be directed to our site.  Here is a link to our logo's:
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Logos.php

Please make sure and click on the "Locate a Local Program" button on the Global Youth Justice Website.  We have links to more than 350 plus youth justice programs, and if you do not see yours listed, just send it along to us and we will add your youth justice website to our website at Global Youth Justice.   Working on a project today for OJJDP, but later in the day I plan to start writing the February e-News from Global Youth Justice.  I like the Top 10 List approach to the e-News we use - as it keeps things short and too the point and makes it easy for readers to quickly see what is of interest to them and what is not of interest to them.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. - Scott Peterson

Day 6.
February 7, 2011.
Today was a productive day for Youth Justice.  I met with a few consultants Global Youth Justice will be hiring to helping us with a large mailing to all the local youth courts, teen courts, peer courts, student courts and youth peer panels around the world.  It is quite an undertaking from ordering all the stationary and printed envelopes to buying stamps and working on the inserts and that does not even count the stuffing of them all.  But - it is important to reach out to the local global youth justice network in other ways than just email.  Watch for this mailing around mid-year.

If any local youth justice programs have close relationships with local mentoring programs, we would be interested in hearing from some of you.   We have heard from about two (2) dozen local youth justice programs so far, and we will be documenting some good models for this new OJJDP grant we are working on at Global Youth Justice.  So, please drop us an email at GlobalYouthJustice@GlobalYouthJustice.org in the coming weeks or months.

We have been working on the Global Youth Justice Website the past few days - so watch for a few new buttons and some more updates.  We are having fun with the website and visitor levels justice continue to increase a good pace.   Send us your ideas and thanks for all the links to your websites and news stories.   
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. - Scott Peterson. 

Day 5.
February 6, 2011.
Today is Sunday and I got up early and met a few friends here in Boston at the Diner at Ball Square in Somerville, MA.   They have great pancakes with gravy.   We then went to Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA where Harvard is of course located.  It is about 3 or 4 miles from where I live.  It is about 1:00 pm now, and I am back home and just tearing through some emails.  

Next up, is I plan to work on a new power point presentation for the upcoming Global Youth Justice Training in June in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.   I also need to do some work to prepare for a Youth Justice training I am working on in Japan this August of 2011.   I responded to about 50 emails today and yesterday - mostly some of our youth justice friends.  I was emailing with Georgine Debord from the Maryland Teen Court Association in Maryland and I emailed Karen Hurst with the New York Teen Court Association and David Garcia and Karen Lard from the New Mexico Teen Court Association and Danetta Rutten from a Teen Court based in Washington State and many, many more of our buddies across the USA.  I just finished revising a draft of an email and short survey that will initially be sent to local youth justice programs in Wisconsin and then a few weeks later to youth justice programs in Illinois. 

I think later in the day, I will finish up a few e-card announcements from Global Youth Justice that will go out later in the month.  I am working on one e-card that is hopefully going to be very helpful for local youth justice programs.  It will incorporate an action to take place in the near future and it will incorporate some past history and most important - it will be helpful for local youth justice staff and volunteers to utilize in garnering new support for youth justice programs.  If you are not on our e-newsletter mailing list, just click on our home page and scroll to the bottom of the page in the right hand corner and there is button - just click it and you are all set.  It is free of course. 
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. - Scott Peterson. 

Day 4.
February 4, 2011.
This morning Global Youth Justice received our daily website statistics update from the Go Daddy Service and for the very first time - we passed 400 unique visitors.   A record 432 unique visitors came to our website on February 2, 2011.   This is likely a result of our information dissemination efforts around announcing the upcoming Global Youth Justice Training Institute to Establish or Enhance a local Youth Court or Teen Court in June of 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 

The Global Youth Justice website has a photo and media button, and we have added a few new photos to include a few group photos from the Global Youth Justice Trainings in 2010 in Cape Cod, MA in June and Las Vegas, NV in December.   Our webmaster is from the great Texas in the USA and his name is James Olezene.   James has been with Global Youth Justice, LLC since 2009, and he is responsible for getting the Global Youth Justice Website and e-Newsletters up and going.   Check out the new photos of about 140 youth and teen court staff around the world in some of these photos.   Click on the link below.
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/photos2.html
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. - Scott Peterson. 

Day 3. 
February 3, 2011
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Got up and going early today.   Global Youth Justice just found out we have been granted the copyright/trademark for Youth Justice USA from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  We have a few things to work on with regards to that today.  Youth Justice USA will be the USA branch of Global Youth Justice, LLC and handle our affairs in the USA.  Gradually we are including Youth Justice USA in a number of our activities from our trainings to our e-newsletters.

The federal Drug Free Communities grants were released today.   Yesterday, I sent the announcement to more than one thousand staff in local youth court/teen court programs.  This is a good grant opportunity for local youth justice programs.  Funding is for a five (5) year period and at $100,000 per year.   Of course, there is more work to do besides a youth justice program, but it is certainly the kind of federal grant many youth justice programs should consider - more than two (2) dozen local youth justice programs currently get this federal funding.  The due date is March 18, 2011 for this year, and given a few requirements, it might be wise to start planning for next year.   Here is the link for the application this year.
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/dfc/files/fy11_RFA.pdf
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. - Scott Peterson. 

Day 2. 
February 2, 2011
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Today was a good day at Global Youth Justice.   The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (I worked there from 1997 to 2008) announced the upcoming Global Youth Justice Training Institute to Establish or Enhance a local Youth Court/Teen Court program via a JuvJust that goes to tens of thousands of juvenile justice professionals and supporters.  This will help us increase interest in local youth justice programs and reach new followers.   Check it out here http://ojjdp.gov/enews/11juvjust/110202.html

Today also finds Global Youth Justice busy working on our new $1 Million OJJDP Juvenile Justice and Mentoring grant which has a Youth Justice component, and we are working with about five (5) National Organizations on three (3) different new federal proposals for youth court/teen court work and some other areas like improving Transparency in Government and increasing the partnership between Youth Justice programs and Mentoring programs.   Fingers crossed - as this will create new opportunities for our networks and supporters, and increase support for Youth Justice.
Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. - Scott Peterson.
 

Day 1. 
February 1, 2011
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Welcome to my first Youth Justice Daily Blog entry.  In the coming days, months, and years the Youth Justice Daily Blog will share and document what is going on around the globe with youth justice programs referred to as Youth Court, Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court and Youth Peer Panel.  The Youth Justice Daily Blog will also keep you updated on all the latest and greatest at Global Youth Justice, Youth Justice USA and other initiatives of Scott Bernard Peterson.

Today finds me opening, marketing and announcing Global Youth Justice's 2011's 1st Training Institute to Establish or Enhance a local Youth Court or Teen Court.  This will take place June 7-, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV, USA.  In 2011, Global Youth Justice will convene two (2) of these for the first time in 2011.  We had a great response with eighty (80) people at our December/2010 Institute to establish/enhance one of these programs and we decided to put on two (2) of these trainings in 2011, to accommodate the increasing interest in these youth justice programs from local communities around the globe looking to reduce crime and incarcerations rates locally through empowering youth and adults to volunteer and work together to improve their communities.

Global Youth Justice recently added a new button to our growing website.  It is called FREE Training Resources.  We will be expanding this button in the coming months.  Check out this new button and feel free to adapt these resources to your local needs.

http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Free_Training_Resources.html

Making the Time for Juvenile Crime. - Scott Peterson.