The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Foundation (JTDC Foundation) was founded in 2009 by Earl Dunlap, Federal Court Acting Transitional Administrator of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) and Sharon Grant, Executive Director of JTDC Foundation.


During its first two-years, the JTDC Foundation worked closely with the Acting Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director/Division Resident Daily Life of the JTDC to identify and raise the money to fill the gap for services and activities that promoted the positive thoughts and actions of court-involved youth while at the facility. Annually, JTDCF Foundation supported facility-based services and activities are serving nearly 1800 court-involved youth.



In response to the high rates of recidivism among court-involved youth, the JTDC Foundation expanded its intervention efforts beyond the detention center’s walls and into the community. Today, the JTDC Foundation is focused like a laser on providing court-involved youth with the education, skills and resources needed for them to successfully return and remain in their homes and communities as productive citizens.



"The JTDC Foundation is essential to an improved quality of life for residents of the JTDC. Historically juvenile detention has operated in isolation and the community has been kept at arm’s length. The Foundation, by its very nature, bridges the community and the JTDC and through its leadership, vision and resources offers an important avenue of opportunity for the communities’ most at-risk youth."


Earl L. Dunlap, Transitional Administrator

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CCJTDC Foundation

P.O. Box 6058

Chicago, Illinois 60680