Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) is a collaborative leadership group working within our community to reduce disproportionality and disparate outcomes for children and families of color through institutional organizing, education, and workforce development.

Our Initiatives

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    Public Will & Communication/Speakers Bureau

    Facilitates & manages overall communication, education, outreach, & brand of RMJJ. Includes Speakers Bureau, Bi-annual Conference, Website, Internal & External Communications, Public Awareness

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    Workforce Development/Race Analysis

    Supports & promotes workforce development for RMJJ partners & the community. Includes Dismantling Racism Workshops, Train-the Trainer, Leadership Team’s Analysis

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    Research & Evaluation

    Drafts policies & procedures to support RMJJ output data collection & sustainability; facilitates cross-agency data sharing; & collects, analyzes, & disseminates collaborative partners’ & public racial disproportionality & disparity (RDD) data

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    Youth, Parent & Community Partnership

    Engages, educates & empowers youth & parents; builds sustainable partnerships with community leaders; & facilitates community dialogue around race & equity. Includes Catalyzing Change Caucuses, Resist Racism Youth Initiative, Race Matters for Justice – Expanding RMJJ to the CJ system

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    Practice Change

    Identifies best practices & tools for change implementation & documents & facilitates practice change attributed to RMJJ within partner agencies and the community. Includes Judicial Benchcards, Implicit Bias training with law enforcement

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    Legislative, Policy Change & Finance Reform

    Brings together legislators & policymakers to implement effective policies and reforms that eliminate RDD & sustain equity

  • What folks are saying about RMJJ’s Dismantling Racism two-day training:
    What I thought I knew and believed about racism was challenged by the information presented. It challenges me to review my own thinking and approach in systematic change to improve the futures of our children of color. Racism means something completely different to me now. Mary Webb, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Will your work change as a result of RMJJ’s Dismantling Racism two-day training, and if so, how?
    I will be more intentional in my role as a white ally. I will listen more actively to see how I can support communities of color. I will be more aware of my own implicit biases.Anonymous
  • What folks are saying about RMJJ’s Dismantling Racism two-day training:
    Darrin Johnson and I were also fortunate to attend Race Matters for Juvenile Justice’s Dismantling Racism Training as part of a UNC Charlotte Chancellor’s Diversity Grant… It was, frankly, life-changing. That is a big statement but hardly does it convey how impacting it was. It was NOT cultural competency training; it went to the causes, not the symptoms of racial inequity. How it is that I have a social work education and license to practice social work, am a social work educator, and continually read social work literature, and didn’t know this information? I have no idea. However, feeling ashamed or embarrassed of my ignorance is not a helpful response, so I plan to come up with a better response as I process this over the coming weeks… I hope you can attend sometime and see/hear these facts/realities for yourself.Diana Rowan, PhD, LCSW, Principal Investigator Statusboiz - Minority AIDS Research Initiative – Round 3, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Will your work change as a result of RMJJ’s Dismantling Racism two-day training, and if so, how?
    My work is directly impacted everyday with the knowledge I have learned through Dismantling Racism. I am more apt to see it more clearly and to react in a more positive way when noticing it. Being a better example and continuing to treat all people with respect and care. To say something when a situation presents itself and to work with my coworkers/bosses to help facilitate a more even playing field for everyone in the community.Anonymous
  • What folks are saying about RMJJ’s Dismantling Racism two-day training:
    I attended Dismantling Racism. I would recommend it to everyone. This workshop was eye-opening and needed. Deputy Chief Vicki Foster, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
  • Will your work change as a result of RMJJ’s Dismantling Racism two-day training, and if so, how?
    I will be more intentional in my role as a white ally. I will listen more actively to see how I can support communities of color. I will be more aware of my own implicit biases.Anonymous
  • What folks are saying about RMJJ’s Dismantling Racism two-day training:
    I’m thankful for RMJJ and for opening this dialogue…we’ve been scared to talk about this too long.Anonymous