In July 2013, the 501c3 nonprofit organization JTDC Foundation broadened its mission to  provide  youth, who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. With the community-based resources and positive opportunities needed for them to successfully return and live in their homes and communities as productive and violence-free citizens.

MISSION

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 supports that are designed to help youth make personal, societal, and educational responsible choices to reach their full potential.

 

 

 

FACT CHECK

 

  • On any given day, the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center  houses between 250 to 382, mostly African American, young minority males and females, ages 12-18.
  • Recidivism rates are high. Some estimates are as high as 50%.
  •  Youth arrested for drug-offenses, the recidivism rate is even higher. More than 95% are re-arrested within 3-years.

Each time a youth goes into detention, even if just one day, the chance of him or her being detained increase!

 

 

GOALS

The JTDC Foundation’s primary goal is to divert youth from the criminal justice system by helping them regain positive control of their lives.

 

Our secondary goal is to strengthen the cohesiveness and connectivity of the youth and their families.

 

 

Why we are needed.

The JTDC Foundation fosters community involvement in the lives of youth in detention, raise public awareness of their challenge and support the therapeutic goal of the JTDC with respect and without judgment.

Please give what you can and help JTDC Foundation make a difference

 

 

Contact

CCJTDC Foundation

1538 W. Jackson

Suite 100

Chicago, Illinois 60607

info@jtdcfoundation.org