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Cheering on the Giants, Next Generation Fellows, and More!

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CJCJ’s team goes out to the ball game to celebrate new shared workspace

CJCJ’s direct service, policy advocacy, and administrative staff celebrate together at a Giants game amid their unifying move to San Francisco’s Mission District.  

CJCJ staff, friends, and family enjoy the Giants game together.

CJCJ staff, friends, and family enjoy the Giants game together.

CJCJ put on their baseball caps and rallied together for the home team at a San Francisco Giants game last week! As the CJCJ family prepares for their unifying move to Cameo House in San Francisco’s Mission District, staff members enjoyed the chance to spend time together among their families and friends outside of the office. Team members shared not only in this exciting experience but in their dedication to the wellbeing of youth and adults impacted by the justice system.

The team had a blast and, as CJCJ's Accounting Assistant Jeanelle Ajel shared, “It made me so happy to spend some time with the staff, as well as share the experience with the people important to them. Everyone on the team has great hearts and honestly deserves the world, so I'm glad that we were able to have a fun event together!”

This lively staff appreciation night, while a first for our organization, is one of CJCJ’s many fun gatherings that promotes team-building, reliability, and relaxation amid the work we do in the community! As all of the agency’s programs come together under one roof, staff activities such as scavenger hunts, potlucks, and games will continue to strengthen our collaboration to develop innovative community programs.

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Next Generation Fellows train to transform justice and build community

Emerging leaders from across California convened to share their stories and learn about policy advocacy. 

NGF Fellows meet with legislative staff to discuss improvements to community safety.

NGF Fellows meet with legislative staff to discuss improvements to community safety.

 This year marks the second-annual Next Generation Fellowship (NGF)—a training for justice-involved leaders launched by CJCJ and our partners at Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement (MILPA). The 2018 program is a six-day training spread across three sessions.

Fifteen emerging leaders came together in Sacramento on July 23rd-24th for the first session of NGF with the support and hospitality of The California Endowment. There, they participated in a series of workshops and presentations that built an understanding of cultural healing and racial justice, while developing each individual’s unique leadership and policy advocacy abilities. The training was rooted in the understanding that lived experience is a form of expertise, which can transform community health, safety, and wellness.

In Sacramento, the fellows reflected on their role within the justice reform movement and built a strong connection to one another, which set a foundation of support within the group. The event featured a panel of justice leaders and community activists as well as an opportunity for fellows to collaborate with one another to prepare advocacy strategies for legislative meetings with key staff from the California Senate and Assembly. 

NGF Fellow James Martinez from Davis, CA reflected on his fellowship experience: “Our Next Generation Leaders showed up with an open heart and desire to better our communities. Their passion for the betterment of our society reminded of the beauty that can be found through struggle. As we continue to build, I am looking forward to collaborating on October 15th in the beautiful mountains outside the city of Santa Cruz.” 

Learn more about CJCJ and MILPA's Next Generation Fellowship >>

Learn more from the perspectives of former NGF Fellows >>


CJCJ Director Gerald Miller speaks on a panel to improve young adult reentry 

CJCJ Director of Community-Based Services, Gerald Miller, shared his expertise and experience supporting reentry success with key decision-makers for justice reform. 

Gerald Miller discussing CJCJ's role in coordinating reentry support as part of the NCSL panel discussion.

Gerald Miller discussing CJCJ's role in coordinating reentry support as part of the NCSL panel discussion.

On a Friday morning in late June, a large room at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco quickly filled with state and local government leaders, including law enforcement and legislators. They gathered for the Intergovernmental Academy: Young Adults and the Justice System through the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). 

CJCJ Director of Community-Based Services, Gerald Miller, spoke on a panel of reentry experts during this session aimed at “Improving Reintegration Success” in which he shared insight into CJCJ’s role coordinating state and local resources to best support young adults reentering the community from jail. He emphasized the importance of reliable employment and the role of community-based services in building relationships with young people to provide effective support.

Gerald brought a refreshing perspective to the panel discussion, with his ability to connect his work to lived experience and his clear dedication to supporting justice-involved individuals as they navigate the reentry process. He continues to lead innovative community programming in the San Francisco community through CJCJ’s direct services.

Learn more about CJCJ’s Direct Services >>

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