These programs are designed to empower the youth to be leaders, give them the skill set to make wise choices, and education that will forever change the trajectory of their lives.


The JTDC Foundation works closely with the JTDC to provide an array of positive services and activities that focus on risk factors that can be changed while youth are in detention such as: anger control, behavioral and pro-social skills, moral reasoning and empathy. We also partner with JTDC to provide several ongoing activities that includes:


The Karma Garden – a supportive partnership with JTDC’s Director of Volunteer Services and Horticulture Educator, promotes behavior, social skills and friendships with youth residents.


Black History and Latino History Months – promotes a sense of self-identity,  self-worth, as well as helps develop youth’s high self-esteem and self- confidence.



The JTDC Foundation’s community-based program called “The Court Involved Youth Project” is designed to help youth return and remain in their homes and communities by providing them with solid opportunities to increase their educational attainment, labor force participation and leadership abilities.



  • GED Attainment Bridge to College and/or Career
  • Life Skills Development
  • Family Engagement




“The Stories We Tell”

The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC), Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services (OCJ), Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) and The Voices and Faces Project (TVFP) partnered to provide “The Stories We Tell” to court involved females between the ages of 15-17 who are survivors of or have witnessed gender-related violence. “The Stories We Tell” created for this population is a two- day testimonial writing workshop, followed by three structured follow-up meetings, and the publications of a magazine and webzine. In this testimonial writing workshop survivors wrote about the injustices they have lived or witnessed.


The  goal in doing this workshop is to build a community by breaking down the isolation that gender-related violence can cause. Participants also develop testimonial writing skills that can be transferred into their professional development.





Why we are needed.

The JTDC Foundation fosters community involvement in the lives of youth in detention, raises public awareness of their challenges and supports the therapeutic goals of the JTDC with respect and without judgment.

Please give what you can and help JTDC Foundation make a difference




CCJTDC Foundation

P.O. Box 6058

Chicago, Illinois 60680