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:

Between 2017 and 2021, the Juvenile Justice Collaborative conducted an intake with 707 youth, of whom 587 were connected to services. Of the youth connected to services, 77% successfully completed the program.
Youth who successfully completed the program in 2017 through 2019 were re-referred to court 22% of the time, less than the 32% for Chicago youth on diversion after their first arrest in 2016.(1)  The JJC uses the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment when youth enter and exit the program. Over the course of the program, average strengths increased and average needs decreased. Using paired-means t-testing, these changes were statistically significant.


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

Map of JJC Police Districts with legend

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:

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

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