JDAI Applied Leadership Network (ALN)

To carry the work of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative forward, effective and influential leaders, committed to juvenile detention reform are needed to accelerate and sustain the achievements in the field. To this end, in 2007 the Annie E. Casey Foundation established the JDAI Applied Leadership Network as a vehicle to enhance t​he knowledge, skills, and capabilities of key individuals now working in JDAI jurisdictions. The Applied Leadership Network provides the opportunity for in-place and emerging leaders to refine their leadership skills, and apply those skills to current or new JDAI plans and projects.​​​​


  • Accelerate achievement of results within the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
  • Grow and strengthe​n the field of leaders in Juvenile Justice
  • Educate policy makers and influence reform at the local, state, and national level as it relates to juvenile justice reform


​​ALN is advanced leadership development aimed at current and future leaders who, as part of a two-person team, demonstrate leadership qualities in their local jurisdictions. The teams are nominated from JDAI sites across the country to participate in a rigorous application and interview process. To view more information on the selection process click here.​


ALN utilizes peer learning within a collaborative environment as the primary vehicle for building leadership skills. Over the course of twelve months, teams meet five times as an ALN class for instructional sessions. These sessions are preceded by homework, are guided by knowledgeable faculty, and are utilized by participants to receive coaching, to practice new skills, and to solve current local issues. To view the curriculum click here.​​​

 ALN Network Roster

Since the inception of ALN, fifteen teams have completed the learning seminars and now participate as members of the Applied Leadership Network. Network members provide peer-to-peer support, consultative services to JDAI sites, and training to JDAI partners. To view the Network Roster click here.​​​


To read testimonies from ALN members click here.​​​

 Additional Information

Additional ALN information such as Team Plan Outcomes and Discussion Items are searchable in the Library. When searching for ALN specific materials make sure to include "ALN" in the search terms.​​​

 FACT BOX: The JDAI Applied Leadership Network

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.
Who participates?
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.
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