Juvenile Justice Collaborative

SCY convenes youth service providers and government stakeholders in Cook County and oversees the development and implementation of a care coordination model for justice-involved youth.

The mission of the Juvenile Justice Collaborative (JJC) is to minimize further involvement of arrested youth in the justice system and reduce racial disparities by facilitating and coordinating access to comprehensive support services that meet adolescents’ developmental needs. We are committed to youth and their families because youth are our community’s most valuable resource.

JJC Partners

In partnership with Juvenile Probation, the Juvenile Justice Collaborative engages partners in delivering coordinated services for justice-involved youth.

The JJC partners currently include a centralized intake and referral home at TASC, the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) and 10 community-based youth service providers:

From 2017-2020, the JJC received 726 referrals from all sources, conducted 524 intakes, and connected 398 youth to services. As of December 2020, 304 youth have successfully completed the program, and 67 remain active, with new referrals coming in every week.

Communities We Serve

The communities the JJC serves span several police districts across the Chicagoland area – primarily focusing on the South Side and West Side neighborhoods. The following data table connects neighborhoods to their designated police district:


Youth in the JJC can get connected to one or more of the following sources:

  • Academic Support
  • Group, family and individual counseling
  • Workforce development
  • Life skills
  • Mentoring
  • Recreational activities

Eligibility & Communities We Serve

The Probation Department refers youth to a Centralized Intake and Referral Home, which assesses the youth’s needs and risk level, placing the young individual with the appropriate community-based provider for care coordination and other services.

JJC youth ages 12-18 live in one of the following Police Districts/Neighborhoods

The TASC and Youth Outreach Services program were very considerate of my family’s needs. I found the workers to be compassionate. I was able to share our experiences and found the program to be very helpful in improving my relationship with my children. 

Parent of a JJC Participant

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Cassandra Otoo, MSW
Program Coordinator, Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
T 312.227.1105 | F 312.227.9523
cotoo@luriechildrens.org | luriechildrens.org | scy-chicago.org
225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 157, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2991

Join our Newsletter

Join the community of violence prevention partners. Sign up to receive our bi-monthly newsletter and/or SCY's policy updates.


Support SCY

Become a violence prevention partner today by supporting the work of SCY.