The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Foundation is a Not for Profit 501c3 organization established in September 2009 with the primary goal of raising funds to fund programs that cannot be funded with taxpayer dollars. The foundation is governed by a Board of Directors which is comprised of a group of community leaders and business professionals who volunteer their services.
The JTDC Foundation is essential to the improved quality of life for its’ residents. Historically juvenile detention has operated in isolation and the community was kept at arm’s length. The foundation by its’ very nature bridges the community and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and through its leadership, vision and resources, offers an important avenue of opportunities with the communities most at risk youth. With the success of programs, funding and youth thriving and flourishing within the facility the Board of Directors realized youth needed continual support once released back to their communities. In July 2013 the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Foundation broaden its mission to provide community-based resources and positive opportunities when youth return to their communities as productive violence free citizens.
The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Foundation (JTDC Foundation) enriches the lives of youth in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) which inspire them to reach their full potential. The JTDC Foundation fosters community involvement in the lives of youth in detention, raise public awareness of their challenges and support the therapeutic goals of the JTDC with respect and without judgment.
The JTDC Foundation works closely with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) to promote the physical, psychological and educational growth and development of youth placed in custody. We use a transformational approach that is guided by the Trauma Informed and Positive Youth Development evidence-based model. We offer focused institutional and community-based support that is designed to help youth make personal, societal, and educational responsible choices to reach their full potential.
Each time a youth goes into detention, even if just one day, the chance of him or her being detained increase!
The JTDC Foundationʼs primary goal is to divert youth from the criminal justice system by helping them regain positive control of their lives. Secondarily, we work to strengthen the cohesiveness and connectivity of the youth and their families. Each time a youth goes into detention, even if just for ONE day, their chances of being detained is increased by 50%. More than 95% of the juveniles who have previously been arrested are rearrested within three years.
Why we are needed.
The JTDC Foundation fosters community involvement in the lives of youth in detention. Additionally we strive to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by the youth while supporting the therapeutic goals of the JTDC with respect and without judgment.
1538 W. Jackson
Chicago, Illinois 60607