2021 JCJC Award Nominations

The Juvenile Court Judge’s Commission, the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, and the JCJC Awards Committee are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2021 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 2021 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice November 3-4, 2021 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. All award nomination forms can also be found on the JCJC website.  The Awards Committee requests that all juvenile justice professionals encourage youth under their jurisdiction to participate in the contest. The professional and youth award nomination materials must be submitted by Monday, August 16, 2021.

 

We encourage you to help honor exemplary performances by individuals and programs serving children in Pennsylvania. Please contact JCJC Awards Liaison Angel R. Stewart at 717.783.7835 or via email at angstewart@pa.gov or contact Keysla Rodriguez at 717.783.6263 or via email at keyrodrigu@pa.gov if you have any questions or need further assistance. Thank you for partnership and ongoing commitment to this program.
 

2021 JCJC Award Categories and Definitions

* Juvenile Probation Supervisor of the Yearan individual who supervises probation officers, but who is not a Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, as of the date of the nomination email submission.  This category includes Deputy Chiefs, Assistant Directors, Supervisors, Coordinators, and other positions functioning in a similar capacity that supervise Juvenile Probation Officers.

 

* Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year - an 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 email submission.

 

* Meritorious Service Award-a volunteer committed to furthering the development of at-risk, alleged and/or delinquent youth (Examples of volunteer work may include youth aid panels, youth commissions, anti-violence programs, school-based programs, diversionary programs, mentoring programs, faith-based programs, community centers or other similar programming).

 

* Court-Operated Program of the Yearany program operated by court employees which serves alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent youth.

 

* Residential Program of the Year - 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 childcare facilities, shelter care facilities, detention centers, independent living programs, and other programs providing out-of-home, overnight care to children. Award Winners prior to 2016 are eligible for nomination.

 

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

 

* Juvenile Court Support Service Award- Individuals eligible to receive this award include those persons who provide clerical, secretarial, fiscal specialist, management, information technology, quality assurance, or other support services to the juvenile court. This includes receptionists, secretaries, clerk/typists, information technology specialists, quality assurance specialists, office managers and others functioning in a similar support capacity. Juvenile Probation Officers are not eligible for this award.

 

* Victim Advocate Award- an 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 selected as winners may be resubmitted for reconsideration in the same category.



 

Youth Awards- Theme:  “Moving Forward in Unity.”

* OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT CONTEST:

The 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:

The 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 a 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.