NYC Youth Justice 101

This eLearning program introduces learners to the New York City Juvenile Justice system by providing an overview of the history of the Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ) and how it has evolved to meet the current needs of youth and families.


Learners are trained to identify some of the challenges that youth and families face which may influence youth’s involvement in the Juvenile Justice system, including the impact of chronic stress on brain development and systemic practices that lead to racial disproportionality.


During this eLearning training, learners explore a fictional case from arrest through placement in the Close to Home provider agency and see how these challenges are addressed through the vision, values and philosophy of DYFJ, along with the variety of programs and services provided along the DYFJ continuum of care. Before attending this eLearning training, learners must complete an online pre-test.


Who Should Attend?

All staff working in DYFJ and Close to Home provider agencies.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Be able to explain DYFJ’s juvenile justice philosophy and recognize how a strengths-based, treatment-focused approach will guide their work.
  • Be trained to identify factors that may lead to youth involvement in the Juvenile Justice system.
  • Be able to recall the continuum of care within Juvenile Justice, including the flow of a juvenile justice case.


Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A one-hour eLearning course.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Continuing Education Units

There are no CEUs associated with this course.



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