The Keystone College Juvenile Justice Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families through development and implementation of evidence-based, trauma-responsive programs designed to strengthen communities and promote peaceful conflict resolution, toward the goal of reducing juvenile crime, avoiding incarceration, and enhancing community adjustment.
- Trauma-informed/trauma-responsive practices:
Recognizing the widespread experience of trauma and toxic stress, and providing children/youth with tools to effectively cope with those experiences
- Restorative practices:
- Establishing a foundation for healthy communities by improving and repairing interpersonal relationships
Specific Programming Elements
- Assist students in “trauma-release” processes (dancing, rhythm/clapping games, etc.)
- Assist students in “self-regulation” processes (guided meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, etc.)
- Restorative practices (circle discussions – identifying emotions, identifying physical sensations, problem solving, social skills, etc.)
- Student mentoring (homework help, projects, individual connection)
- Mediation Center
- Family Conferencing Center
- Trauma-Informed Restorative Practices in School (comprehensive program under
Consult with school personnel for specific needs
Observe for specific needs
Training for school personnel
“Potential for change and rehabilitation”
“This will be a great learning experience for our criminal justice, psychology, and social science majors, and any other Keystone student who wants to become involved in helping young people during stressful times in their lives.”
Stacy Wyland, M.S.
Keystone College receives grant from Robert H. Spitz Foundation
The Keystone College Juvenile Justice Institute has received a $6,000 grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation to support the Institute’s pilot program, “3 Million Kids” at Charles Sumner Elementary School in Scranton.
Community Forum: Expert Panel to to Discuss Youth and Juvenile Justice
La Plume – Keystone College will host the community forum, “Youth and Juvenile Justice: How to Reduce Juvenile Offenses and Build Stronger Communities” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 7-8:30 in Evans Hall in Hibbard Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Keystone College Initiates Juvenile Justice Institute
The lives of young people in Northeastern Pennsylvania may soon improve significantly, thanks to the newly formed Keystone College Juvenile Justice Institute.