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.



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.