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The Kids Are (Not) Alright: Lessons and Opportunities 50 Years After JJDPA

March 28, 2024

20 Cooper Square, Room 101

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), this interactive forum will focus on the enduring challenges to preventing juvenile legal system impact and the role of intersecting systems of education, child welfare, and mental health.

Together with our panel of experts, we consider the role of the university and its diverse communities in partnered research, education, and action that support opportunities for marginalized youth impacted by these systems in NYC and beyond. Drawing on lessons from the past and acknowledging obstacles in the present, we underscore the research and action needed for a future where underserved youth receive the support they need to engage, connect, create, and thrive.


Dr. Elise Cappella, Vice Provost for University-Wide Initiatives and Graduate Education and Professor of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt

Dr. Shabnam Javdani, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology and Faculty Director, NYU Prison Education Program

Ronald E. Richter, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, JCCA

Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President, Justice and Joy National

Please email with any questions about the event or requests for accommodation. This is an in-person discussion, and registration is required to attend. Doors open at 4:00 PM, and the program will begin at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow.


The mission of the Cross-Cutting Initiative on Inequality at New York University (CCII) is to reduce social and economic inequality by engaging in transformative scholarship and service and by developing a next generation of scholars and leaders seeking to understand and combat inequality.

CCII’s collaboration with other universities and partners in government, business, and nonprofits allows us to foster student, faculty, and staff commitment to social impact. The Initiative capitalizes on NYU’s size, “can do” ethos, global footprint, urban lens, and commitment to the highest quality standards of scholarship and service to fight inequality and its root causes and improve people’s lives.

CCII has been working to create proactive communities of scholarship, policy, and practice that foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Together, we enhance our collective responsiveness to systemic racial and economic inequality across key areas central to the lives of all Americans.