2020 JCJC Awards

The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2020 JCJC Awards Program are now open and include eight professional categories, as well as the youth awards contest. The awards will be presented at the 2020 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice on November 4 and 5, 2020 at the Harrisburg Hilton.
Nomination packets have been sent to juvenile court judges, chief juvenile probation officers, and agencies currently serving delinquent youth in the juvenile justice system. The Awards Committee requests that all juvenile justice professionals encourage youth under their jurisdiction to participate in the contest. Both Professional and Youth Awards materials must be postmarked by May 1, 2020.
We encourage you to help honor exemplary performances by individuals and programs serving children in Pennsylvania. Please contact Keysla Rodriguez at 717.783.8960 if you have any questions or need further assistance. Thank you for partnership and ongoing commitment to this program.
  • Juvenile Probation Supervisor — any individual who supervises probation officers, but who is not a Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, as of the date of the nomination letter's postmark. This category includes all Deputy Chiefs, Assistant Directors, Supervisors, and others functioning in a similar capacity.

  • Juvenile Probation Officer — any individual who is employed as a Juvenile Probation Officer, but who is not a Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Deputy Chief or Juvenile Probation Supervisor, as of the date of the nomination letter's postmark.

  • Meritorious Service Award — any individual not receiving remuneration for working with at risk, alleged and/or delinquent children.  This individual is a volunteer committed to furthering the development of youth in the juvenile justice system.

  • Court Operated Program — any program operated by court employees which serves alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent youth.

  • Residential Program — any public or private sector program serving alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent youth in a residential setting.  This includes foster homes, group homes, residential treatment programs, general child care facilities, shelter care facilities, detention centers, independent living programs, and other programs providing out-of-home, overnight care to children. Award winners prior to 2015 are eligible for nomination.

  • Community-Based Program — any public or private sector program, not operated by the Court, which provides community- based, non-residential care to alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent youth, including but not limited to, day treatment programs, in-home services, Boys and Girls Clubs, and out-patient services.

  • Juvenile Court Support Service Award — any individual who provides clerical, secretarial, management, information technology or other support services to the Juvenile Court.  This includes receptionists, secretaries, clerk/typists, information technology specialists, fiscal specialists, office managers, and others functioning in a similar support capacity.

  • Victim Advocate Award — any individual who works on behalf of crime victims in a district attorney’s office, juvenile probation department, or in a community–based agency. This individual does not need to be in a position that is entirely dedicated to victims of juvenile crime, but it should be a significant part of their position.

**Please Note: Submissions that were not winners previously may be resubmitted for consideration in the same category.

  • Outstanding Achievement Contest - consists of a narrative description of a youth’s outstanding qualities of community service, victim reparation, academic accomplishments,  citizenship, attitude, extra-curricular activities, peer relationships and positive changes in behavior,  submitted by a counselor, teacher, or juvenile probation officer.

  • Creative Expression Contest -  submission consists of a Poster, no larger than 22” H X 28” W  with a 1” border as a picture, drawing, painting or collage; or a  Written essay, poem, story, etc. entry typed and limited to one page in length; or a Video entry on a USB Flash Drive, DVD or CD, in an mpeg, mov, wmv, mp3, or avi format of no longer than 2 minutes. This contest has a fifteen (15) and under category and a sixteen (16) and over category.


Keysla Rodriguez | Juvenile Justice Quality Assurance Assistant
Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Avenue | Suite 9100
PO Box 62425 | Harrisburg, PA  17106-2425
Phone: 717-783-8960 | Fax: 717.783.6266