Training & Technical Assistance

About  CCFY’s Community Capacity Building Program

CCFY delivers training that facilitates the process of community capacity building for juvenile justice reform. CCFY’s flagship training is its 3-Day Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Training Institute, a 10-module curriculum that walks community organizations through the process of developing community-based alternatives to incarceration. CCFY also offers a number of other workshops and training sessions to help system and community stakeholders implement best practices in community-based alternatives such as Family Engagement, Positive Youth Development, Community Coaching (Mentoring), and Parent Peer Support.

Effective partnerships between system and community stakeholders are the key to sustaining juvenile justice reforms. CCFY provides training and technical assistance to system and community stakeholders for the purpose of reducing reliance on incarceration and building community capacity to serve youth. CCFY’s training and technical assistance includes:

(1) facilitating partnerships between system and community stakeholders to develop community-based alternatives to incarceration;

(2) consulting with juvenile justice agencies on improving family engagement, cultural competence, and positive youth development though partnerships with community organizations; and

(3) growing the programmatic and organizational capacity of grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations that serve youth in the juvenile justice system.


  • Systems benefit by saving limited public financial resources; assistance with youth who remain in the system who need effective programs and services
  • Faith and Community Based Organizations (F/CBOs) benefit by developing effective programs for juvenile justice reform; developing the tools they need to partner effectively with systems; learning how to navigate the system; learning the language of the system; learning how to create Court Reports; and how to develop partnerships with system stakeholders
  • System and F/CBOs benefit by building a collaborative effort that is sustainable and builds community capacity to address

What is Community Capacity Building?

Community capacity building refers to efforts to strengthen the ability of local community organizations to support, serve and supervise young people with juvenile justice system involvement as a strategy for reducing reliance on youth incarceration.

Jurisdictions that engage in community capacity building build partnerships between system and community stakeholders to develop community-based alternatives to incarceration.

Community capacity building involves grassroots faith and community organizations in neighborhoods impacted by juvenile incarceration as primary stakeholders in efforts to keep youth out of the juvenile justice system and connect them to positive supports in their home communities.

Jurisdictions that participate in CCFY’s Community Capacity Building Process go through three phases: System/Community Assessments; Implementation Training & Technical Assistance; and Service Delivery Training & Technical Assistance.

Jurisdictions that engage in community capacity building efforts with sustained, dedicated commitment to partnerships between system and community stakeholders can expect to see increased community capacity, which produces the following benefits:

·      More meaningful partnerships between system stakeholders and community members

·      Improved family engagement and family participation in juvenile justice reform

·      An increase in community-based diversions and alternatives to incarceration for youth

·      A reduction in juvenile detention admissions and out-of-home placements

·      A reduction in Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) and racial disparities

·      A decrease in juvenile recidivism and better long-term life outcomes for youth.


To inquire about training opportunities call the Training and TA Department at 347-590-0940 or via email at