Juvenile Justice Jeopardy

The Kentucky Bar Foundation awarded the Children's Law Center $40,000.00 to create and implement a Kentucky Juvenile Justice Jeopardy game.  CLC is collaborating with Strategies for Youth, a national nonprofit policy and training organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions, to create the game and train attorneys and other youth workers to be game leaders throughout Kentucky.  The goal of Juvenile Justice Jeopardy is to engage youth in important conversations about the juvenile justice system, and the potential consequences of their actions.  This scenario based approach teaches youth how to navigate critical interactions with law enforcement, educators, and peers.  Active role-play and demonstrations help youth visualize specific situations and prepare them for future interactions with law enforcement.  

The game was reviewed and amended based on recommendations from an ad hoc committee of Kentucky juvenile justice stakeholders including a public defender, a prosecutor, a law professor, and staff from the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice and the Administrative Office of the Courts.  There are two versions of the game, a "street" version and a school version which have been specifically customized and tailored to the law and practices in Kentucky.

We have already received commitments from the Administrative Office of the Courts to offer the program as part of the Diversion program for youth at local CDW offices throughout the state, and will be doing one of the pilot games at the Lexington Day Treatment.  Other sites will include Boys and Girls Clubs, Teen Courts, detention centers, community centers, and schools.  

If you are interested in bringing Juvenile Justice Jeopardy to your school or community center please fill out the form below. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Amanda Mullins Bear, Esq. at abear@childrenslawky.org or at (859) 253-3353.

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