January 2022 

Dear Juvenile Justice Partners 

First off, I hope this finds you each well and trust that you are doing everything you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. To say the 2020-21 year was challenging is truly an understatement.  This pandemic has had a drastic impact in our community’s personal and economic wellbeing.  If there can be a positive take on these difficult times, it is witnessing the strength and determination of our JJAM Board for providing a safe in-person training last September. Over 120 members gathered safely at Treetops Resort and shared in presentations titled, “Protect Young Eyes”, Michigan’s Sex Trafficking Culture” and Juvenile Justice Legal updates. 

JJAM has been an organization that prides itself in providing high-quality trainings with wonderful social networking opportunities.  With that said we have two educational conferences scheduled in 2022 and our priority will remain your safety.  Our Midwinter conference will be at the H Hotel in Midland on March 17-18 and our Annual conference at Shanty Creek Resort on September 14-16 Our Midwinter will be highlighted by Rutgers University professor and author, Jeffrey Lane on how the Digital Street” changes youth violence; motivational speaker and author, Hakim Crampton with lessons and strategies for supportive supervision in order to keep youth off the school to prison pipeline and Judi Powers with a self-care session on gratitude and mindfulness awareness.  

JJAM also presents two state recognition awards annually at our conferences. The Marylynn Morawa Youth Achievement Award is presented to an individual who was part of the Juvenile Justice System and has turned their life around through the assistance of a court worker to find success as a young adult.  The Mary S. Coleman Award acknowledges a fellow court worker who has contributed to their court and community in a positive manner.  Please see our website for nomination forms.  

Membership into JJAM is open to all personnel of the Circuit Court Family Division.  Associate membership and Associate Child-Caring Agency membership is open to all agencies and persons actively engaged in enhancing the children and/or family welfare programs.  Thank you for your dedication and unwavering support for youth and families.  I hope that you continue to support JJAM by completing the enclosed membership form and attending future conferences. 

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Jeffrey A. Damore 

President of JJAM