The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, works to advance the national platform for juvenile justice system reform developed through the long history of support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Since 2004, the Foundation has supported reform in multiple states across all regions of the United States through the Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative. Models for Change has sought to translate research into fair, effective, and developmentally informed juvenile justice practice and policies. Learn more about Our Story.



The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice serves local, state, and national leaders, practitioners, and youth-serving systems to improve system performance and outcomes for dual status youth. Our primary objectives are to:

  1. Foster the development & exchange of innovative practices and reforms.
  2. Create an active and expanding cross-site learning environment and shared learning collaborative.
  3. Enhance and improve the current scholarship and research awareness in the field.
  4. Develop and implement innovative new strategies and solutions to challenges.
  5. Provide national leadership for best practice approaches and opportunities for legislative and statutory change


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