Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Foundation
To Host Premiere Gala “Converging on the Positive” Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary
Former U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Deliver Keynote
CHICAGO (July 16, 2019) – The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) Foundation is celebrating its 10 th anniversary by hosting “Converging on the Positive” fundraising gala on Friday, September 27, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The JTDC Foundation aims to divert youth from the criminal justice system by helping them regain positive control of their lives. Gala honorees include the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs and its president and CEO Mary Ann Mahon Huels, businessman and politician Dr. Willie Wilson, The Resurrection Project CEO Raul Raymundo, and S.T.A.R. Barber College Managing Director Bobby D. Mattison. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is keynoting the event.
“We are extremely excited to host our first fundraising gala and invite everyone to join us in celebrating 10 years of fostering community involvement in the lives of youth in detention,” said Sharon Grant, executive director, JTDC Foundation. “This is such an important event as it helps us raise public awareness about the challenges these youth face and shares how we all can support them in a respectful and nonjudgmental way.” Proceeds from the gala will support programming that enriches the lives of the more than 300 youth. Programs are designed to inspire cultural awareness and foster community involvement and include The Karman Garden, observances of Black History and Hispanic Heritage Months, and JTDC’s signature program, The Court Involved Youth Project. The Court Involved Youth Project helps youth aged 12-18 return to and remain in their homes and communities by providing them with solid opportunities to increase their educational attainment, labor force participation, and leadership abilities.
“I cannot express the gratitude and how much the JTDC Foundation has changed my life. In a four-year time period, I was nurtured, loved, and taught how to become a successful young lady as a result of the educational, recreational, and life and soft skills programs offered by JTDC Foundation,” says JTDC Foundation graduate Destine Phillip. “I always dreamed of graduating college and becoming something bigger than myself. The Foundation is now supporting my dreams 100 percent. JTDC Foundation is not only saving me and my family, but other youth and generations coming behind me.”
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, he works to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Its work centers on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.
About the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Foundation The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Foundation was founded in 2009 by Earl Dunlap, federal court transitional administrator, and Sharon Grant, executive director, JTDC Foundation. JTDC provides temporary secure housing for youth, from the age of 12 through 21 years, who are awaiting adjudication of their cases by the Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Center also provides care for youth who have been transferred from Criminal Court Jurisdiction. These youth would otherwise be incarcerated in the county jail. Each year, the JTDC Foundation supports facility-based programming and activities, serving nearly 3,200 court-involved youth by providing education, life and job skills, and resources needed for them to successfully return and remain in their communities as productive, violent-free citizens.
A picture is worth one thousand words.
A picture is worth one thousand words. This proverb is saying that a picture can give you as much information as a written or spoken text. Sketching is a visual language that can be useful, expressive, descriptive and observational to demonstrate personal experience and ideas.
In teaching the students to draw one of the things they had to overcome was thinking in terms of 'flat shapes'. In the class they were trained to think in 3D form with depth and volume.
The Effective Sketching class develops a foundation in basic drawing skills. Students learned to break down objects to their most simplistic forms. Using pen and toned paper, students were taught core drawing principles and given the tools and techniques to build confidence in their work.
Breanna Hollie, LCSW, a care coordinator for TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, Inc.), closely follows the young people she refers for services through the Juvenile Justice Collaborative.
Helping juvenile offenders
find a path to success
When her best friend was killed last year, Victoria began a downward spiral. Her childhood had already been marked by her family’s financial instability, frequent relocations and violence at home.
W.I.N.D.O.W. Women In Need Of Discovering Own Worth
In honor of W.I.N.D.O.W., Women In Need Of Discovering Own Worth activist and program founder Valerie Goodloe recently received a certificate of appreciation from Sharon Grant Executive Director JTDC Foundation.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district spoke to the Women In Need Of Discovering Own Worth program participants at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
W.I.N.D.O.W. wants to change the lives of mothers and daughters caught in the middle of poverty, crime, and hopelessness. The goal of W.I.N.D.O.W. is to provide critical life-changing tools to young girls coming out of juvenile hall, as well as to provide support and parenting skills to the mothers of these girls.
The Voices and Faces Project’s “The Stories We Tell” writing program.
It was a pleasure for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Foundation to fund The Voices and Faces Project’s “The Stories We Tell” writing program.
With great admiration,
The Karma Garden: A Collaborative Community Garden
The youth at the JTDC (Juvenile Temporary Detention Center) planned, planted and harvested the Karma Garden again this year. A collaborative project, between the Chicago Public School’s Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School and the Urban Horticulture Educators from University of Illinois Extension Program, the Karma Garden is teaching youth gardening skills while planting the seeds of positive change in their lives.