What is ALN?
The JDAI Applied Leadership Network is a year-long program for established and emerging leaders in JDAI sites to refine their leadership skills, and to apply these skills to JDAI enhancement projects in their jurisdictions.
What are ALN’s goals?
The primary goals of ALN are to accelerate achievement of results within the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and to strengthen the ranks of leaders in juvenile justice field.
Each ALN class is made up of two-person teams from up to 8 JDAI jurisdictions (for a maximum of 16 participants per class).
How are participants selected?
Seasoned in-place leaders are nominated by their JDAI Team Leaders, and these nominated leaders select an emerging leader to be their ALN partners.
What’s involved in the ALN experience?
As part of their application, each ALN team identifies a high priority project to advance JDAI or related reform efforts and results in their jurisdiction. Once selected, the ALN classes convene for five multi-day seminars. Between seminars, participants must complete substantial reading and other prep work, and teams work intently on their chosen ALN projects.
What lessons does ALN teach?
ALN is rooted in the Casey Foundation’s philosophy of “Results-Based Leadership,” which stresses five core competencies and several other essential themes and principles. The core competencies include: being results-based and data-driven; working to address race, class and culture disparities; using oneself as a change agent; adaptive leadership; and collaborating with others to achieve results.
What are the outcomes of ALN?
In the four ALN classes undertaken since 2008, many ALN teams have sparked important advances for JDAI efforts in their home jurisdictions – achieving measurable outcomes, forging consensus on needed reforms, energizing local collaboratives, leveraging funding to support reform, and more. In addition, many ALN alumni have advanced to positions of greater authority and impact in the juvenile justice field.
What happens when the ALN year is over?
Once participants complete the program, they join the Applied Leadership Network and participate in an array of training and networking activities with alumni from previous classes. The ALN network now includes 53 leaders across 21 states.