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Reflecting on CJCJ’s successes in 2017 and planning ahead

CWR Assistant Director, Maire Larkin (left) and Childcare Specialist, Tonnika Williams created crafty reindeer with a child joyfully displaying her artwork.

This year, CJCJ provided support to thousands of justice-involved individuals and their families. Help us do even more in 2018.

As 2017 draws to a close, CJCJ looks back on a year filled with exciting social change and personal growth. We would like to share a few successes:

The Children’s Waiting Rooms (CWR) provide a safe and nurturing place for children whose parents have business before the courts. Last week, the CWR held its annual Holiday Gathering to bring warmth and joy to families in need. With fun games and generously-donated gifts for every child who attended, the event was a huge success! 200 children made a wish” and CWR staff partnered with the Family Giving Tree and others to ensure the children received that exact gift for the holidays.

The No Violence Alliance (NoVA) celebrated its 10th Anniversary! Since its inception, this collaborative partnership with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and other community-based service providers has helped more than 2,300 clients return to their communities with minimal rates of recidivism.

Some people count success by how much money they have. This group counts success by how many lives they’ve made a difference in.” - Gerald Miller, CJCJ Director of Community-Based Services

CJCJ’s Youth Justice Mentoring Program (YJM) promotes personal growth and helps justice-involved youth in San Francisco gain new life skills by providing consistent, culturally competent support. This year, mentees and mentors spent quality time together by participating in fun outings to amusement parks and an annual overnight trip to Camp Mather in Yosemite National Park.

It’s critical to disrupt the challenges our youth face daily in their lives with positive experiences like those offered at Camp Mather.” - Dinky Manek Enty, CJCJ Deputy Director

Next Generation Fellows posed proudly together at the NGF conference in Sacramento.

CJCJ’s Policy team advocated for criminal justice policy reform and conducted crucial data-driven research. The team supported critical reform bills and cosponsored Senate Bill 190, putting an end to fees charged to families of justice-involved youth. In July, CJCJ partnered with MILPA to launch the Next Generation Fellowship (NGF), a two-day training for justice-involved leaders. The program was a success and will be returning in 2018.

We are excited to continue to push for progress in the New Year and invite you to join us today by making a tax-deductible year-end gift to support the people CJCJ serves daily. Together, we can build safer neighborhoods and a more just society in 2018 and beyond.