Models for Change: Systems for Juvenile Justice Reform
Originally launched in 2004, Models for Change is a multi-state initiative, that works to create and guide advances in the juvenile justice system. Funded by the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation, the project is focused on creating a more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate system. Using research and detailed evidence for how to effectively improve outcomes for kids and communities, Models for Change is able to promote a broad movement of reform within juvenile justice.
While still holding young people accountable for their behavior, Models for Change believes that there are more powerful ways to enact change in young peoples behavior and their communities as a whole. Models for Change supports a network of government and court officials, legal advocates, educators, community leaders, and families working together to ensure that kids who make mistakes are both appropriately held accountable and treated fairly throughout the juvenile justice process.
Models for Change is rooted in the belief that every young person should have the opportunity to grow up with a good education, obtain a job and participate in their community. Through juvenile system reform, the organization is helping to create a more fair and effective system. While promoting accountability, Models for Change puts an emphasis on creating a system of support, learning and growth to help guide children to a path as healthy, productive members of society. Through their work and dedication, the juvenile justice system can become a tool to create positive change in society as opposed to simply a system of punishment.