2022 NJJA Conference Connections

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Meet our 2022 Keynote Speakers

Joe Beckman, Wednesday, May 4

Combining humor, authenticity, heart, and soul, international speaker Joe Beckman shares five specific phrases he believes all humans need to hear…especially today. The result is a refreshing, authentic, and down-to-earth approach to finding self-worth (Love YOU), resilience (Push Through), confidence (Fail On), joy (Yeah Toast!), and maybe most importantly, human connection (Just Look Up).

Participants will walk away with tools, resources, and strategies around self-care and building positive relationships they can apply with and in their school community.

As co-founder of Happy Caveman and Till 360 Consulting, Joe Beckman has shared his infectious energy, humor, and passion in over a thousand schools, positively impacting over one million people worldwide. Joe resides in Minneapolis with his three children and exceptionally beautiful/patient/strong/kindhearted wife, Jess.

Cyntoia Brown-Long, Thursday, May 5

Cyntoia Brown-Long is an author, speaker, and advocate for criminal justice reform and victims of trafficking.

Cyntoia had a difficult start in life. She was born to an alcoholic, teenage mother who was a victim of sex trafficking.  Cyntoia experienced a sense of isolation, low self-esteem, and alienation that drove her straight into the hands of a predator. Cyntoia was trafficked during her early teenage years and, at the age of 16, was arrested for killing a man who solicited her for sex. She was tried as an adult and was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 51 years. Her trafficker was never arrested. In prison, Cyntoia’s life took a dramatic turn when the prison education principal took her under her wing and introduced her to a spiritual path. She encouraged her to build a positive life in prison and to resist the negative influences that lead to despair.

Cyntoia’s journey was a roller coaster ride that included a documentary about her life, a profound encounter with God, an unlikely romance, and, eventually, a commuted sentence by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.  She received unprecedented national and international support from social media advocates, pastors, and celebrities and was released from prison in Nashville, TN, on August 7, 2019.

Cyntoia hopes her story will not only inspire others but also shine a light on the injustice that people still face on a daily basis, especially the injustice to women and children in American prisons.  She, with her husband, Jaime, is the founder of the Foundation for Justice, Freedom, and Mercy. In January of 2020 the Vera Institute of Justice recognized Cyntoia as one of the Best of Justice Reform honorees.

Adolphus Graves, Friday, May 6

Adolphus Graves will introduce strategies of identifying and addressing disparities in juvenile justice systems that when overlooked can significantly jeopardize traditional community safety efforts. This session will provide solution-focused options for developing targeted approaches of addressing the unique needs of individual departments, counties, or regions and the children and families they have contact with. Attendees will be challenged to engage in reflective analysis of existing practices within their own jurisdictions and determine points of contact along the juvenile justice spectrum where racial and ethnic disparities may be present.
Simplified approaches of researching and assessing data will be offered with an emphasis on enhancing the collective impact capacity of collaborative community partners while simultaneously preserving precious fiscal resources.

Participants will leave with action plans to initiate steps towards harnessing, building and activating aligned efforts of stakeholders in maximizing sustainably safer communities.

Mr. Graves currently serves as the Court Administrator for the Cobb County Juvenile Court; a suburban metro-Atlanta jurisdiction in Georgia, with approximately 750,000 residents. He previously held the role of Directory of Probation Services for the Fulton County Juvenile Court, which encompasses the city of Atlanta and multiple county municipalities. Adolphus is a dedicated public servant with over two decades of continuous professional advancement in court administration and probation service arenas. He currently serves on Georgia’s Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group and in 2019 was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

NJJA remains committed to include youth in our annual conference. Up to 40 youth can join for Youth Day Keynote, two breakouts, and the Call to Action discussion. Click here for more information.

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What: 2022 Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association Annual Conference

Where: Younes Conference Center Kearney, NE

When: May 4-6, 2022

Who: All stakeholders involved in juvenile justice in the state of Nebraska are invited and encouraged to attend.

Agenda, Speakers and Conference Materials


Joe Beckman, Wednesday, May 4

Cyntoia Brown, Thursday, May 5

Adolphus Graves, Friday, May 6

Full Agenda

Session Descriptions

Speaker Bios

Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitors

Conference sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available for the 2022 conference. If you are interested in being considered an exhibitor, please send your information to Tammy Sassaman or Info@NJJA.org or fill out a 2022 Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration form.

Awards and Scholarships

Each year, youth leaders and stakeholders are recognized for their work in juvenile justice. Click here to learn more.

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Blocks of rooms are reserved at the following hotels:

$109.95 – $119.95 room + tax

A discount of 10% will be offered to groups of 25 or more submitting one registration and one check/invoice. To take advantage of this discount, please contact NJJA at Info@NJJA.org

CANCELLATION/SUBSTITUTION POLICY: Cancellations or substitutions can be made by calling 402.438.2253. To receive a full refund, cancellations must be made before 5:00 PM CT on April 22, 2022. Substitutions must also be made by this date. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 5:00PM CT on April 22, 2022.

Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is not guaranteed. Check or cash will be required for walk-ins. Participants will receive conference materials electronically prior to the conference.

NJJA may document the conference with photographs and video or audio recordings, each of which will be used for NJJA’s own purposes. By your attendance at the conference, you consent to NJJA’s use of any videos, recordings, or photographs obtained at the conference for NJJA’s own purposes.