The Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association (NJJA) is pleased to issue a call for presenters for our 45th Annual Conference in Kearney, NE, May 6-8, 2020.

Annually NJJA hosts the largest statewide juvenile justice conference with outstanding keynote presentations, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and exhibitors. The conference is focused in improving the expertise of those working in Nebraska’s juvenile justice system through sessions that bring current research, innovations and best practice to the field. A multi-disciplinary audience including diversion, attorneys, law enforcement, probation, health and human services, detention staff, direct service providers, educators and youth attend each year.


For the 2020 Conference, the NJJA conference planning committee is seeking interactive workshop proposals that provide participants an opportunity to gain knowledge and tangible skills regarding emerging issues in juvenile justice. Sessions will be 75 minutes in length. Sessions should be focused on current research and promising practice in the field of juvenile justice. The committee is interested in proposals that focus on one or more of the following topics, but is also open to other innovative proposals.

  • positive youth development
  • family and youth partnerships/engagement
  • strategies for working with gang involved youth
  • diversion
  • mental health/behavioral health
  • anti-shackling alternatives
  • alternatives to detention
  • racial and ethnic disparity
  • cross over/dual status youth
  • adolescent brain development
  • trauma
  • school to prison pipeline
  • implicit bias
  • leadership development
  • ethics
  • substance use
  • community planning and collaboration
  • special populations (i.e. gender specific, LBGTQ, trafficked youth, etc)
  • workforce development
  • delinquency prevention models


All proposals must be submitted online by November 25, 2019. If submitting more than one proposal, a separate application must be submitted for each workshop.

*Proposals should include session titles and descriptions that are creative, clear, and emphasize why participants should attend your sessions. 


Workshop presenters must be available to present on any of the three days of the conference.  The conference begins at 10 am on Wednesday May 6 and ends at noon on Friday May 8. Presenters may be asked to repeat the workshop. NJJA will make every effort to repeat the workshop on the same day, but it is not guaranteed.

Presenters will be responsible for providing their own laptop for the session. If the laptop is a Mac, the presenter must bring a VGA adapter to connect to the projector. Each session will be set up classroom style and equipped with a head table, projector, screen, podium and microphone. Presenters may request any of the following AV equipment:

  • flip chart and markers
  • power point clicker to advance slides

NJJA strongly encourages presenters to provide reference resources for replicating efforts (i.e. sample memorandum of agreement, agency policy or regulation, legislation, toolkits, etc.). Presentation materials will be provided to participants electronically prior to the conference. Speakers will be required to submit materials for inclusion by March 31, 2020. Speakers should arrive 20 minutes prior to their session to ensure all equipment is functioning, etc.


NJJA will waive the conference registration fee for a maximum of two (2) presenters per workshop.  All travel and per diem costs must be borne by the workshop presenter(s).


Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • provide participants with applicable skills for day to day work
  • meet criteria for continuing education hours (See Addendum)
  • actively incorporate youth voice and participation

Additional selection criteria include:

  • relevance to current juvenile justice issues in Nebraska
  • added value to the conference as a whole, so that a variety of topics/viewpoints/approaches are represented
  • whether the presentation topic has the potential to be replicated through other communities
  • to what extent the proposal provides for active discussion and interactions with the participants
  • whether the presentation brings new/fresh content to the NJJA audience;

*All guidelines for submission must be followed as stated above or your proposal may be rejected for lack of information.


All submissions must be completed online.  To submit please go here.

Proposals must be received by November 25, 2019.

The lead contact will be notified of the review committee’s final decision by end of December, 2019 via email and/or telephone.

Questions may be directed to Amy Latshaw  amy.latshaw@nebraska.gov cell: 402-580-7776


For questions please contact NJJA Executive Director, Tom McBride or (402) 366-6515. For more information on NJJA visit us on the web at www.njja.org and www.facebook.com/nebjja.