The NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women conducts research and provides technical assistance and training to improve outcomes for girls and young women in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
The center, which began in 2008, builds on the leading research and evaluation work of NCCD over the last decade. Because of the growing population of girls in the juvenile justice system and extensive requests for research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance from states, jurisdictions, and local communities throughout the country, NCCD received funding support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to develop the center’s infrastructure.
The center is recognized nationally for its ability to conduct and translate research into effective advocacy, assessment services, staff training, and technical assistance. Its work seeks to address the multiple issues that contribute to fast tracking of girls into the juvenile justice system. These issues include untreated victimization/mental health issues, symptomatic behavior of girls, staff behavior, and system issues. The center’s current experience translates research to practice and extends to training curricula and tools to respond to the needs of stakeholders. Our work at the federal, state, and local levels, and with organizations serving girls, is designed to help practitioners and policymakers become successful change agents. The center publishes fact sheets and position papers on critical issues facing justice-involved girls in an effort to disseminate information to a wide audience and elevate awareness of these issues. The center is also committed to working with colleges and universities to mobilize students and equip the next generation of juvenile justice and child welfare workers with practical information, experience, and tools.
For more information about the center, please contact director Dr. Angela Irvine.