Champions for Change
Four inaugural award recipients honored at Models for Change annual meeting
Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice will be measured by how well it improves the lives of young people involved with the justice system, their families, and their communities.
Models for Change is striving to create pathways away from delinquency and offending, and to increase young people’s potential for leading successful lives. With work underway in 16 states, it also aims to provide models, tools, and guidance to leaders who wish to accomplish the same in their own communities and states.
Creating and fostering “models for change” requires both inspiration and implementation. These four inaugural Champions for Change have shown that they can do both – create effective approaches to improving the lives of young people, while inspiring us all with their determination to succeed.
These champions were chosen by colleagues in their own states for national recognition at the annual meeting of Models for Change leaders. They stand out among the many who are working hard to bring about the kind of reform that is reflected in better lives for so many young people in this country.
I congratulate each honoree and encourage them and all of you to continue the essential work of securing our children’s future.
Jonathan F. Fanton
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation