Juvenile Personnel Training Program
As many of you are aware, the State of Oklahoma experienced a major budget shortfall for Fiscal Year 2016. Due to deep budget cuts required by the State of Oklahoma Legislature, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY) has made the difficult decision that it is unable to continue to fund the University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services (NRCYS) Juvenile Personnel Training Program (JPTP) for the fiscal year 2016.
The University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services has partnered with OCCY for nearly 40 years to provide training and development to community-based youth serving agencies throughout Oklahoma through this unique program. This cutting edge and free training resource has been provided to a variety of professionals serving in various capacities across the state from juvenile justice to child welfare; from placement providers to alternative school educators; from executive directors to front line staff. In many ways, JPTP has become a Community of Practice; a diverse network of trainers, experienced professionals, and individuals new to the field of youth work all coming together to compare notes, learn new skills and ideas, and ultimately increase the value of service to our State's children, youth, and families. We are all deeply saddened by this loss of funding and wish to express our gratitude to the many agencies and partners that have been involved with JPTP over these last 40 years.
NRCYS will continue to provide learning events and professional development in the State of Oklahoma through our current contracts as well as seek new opportunities to partner with organizations whose members will be impacted by the loss of JPTP. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to visit the NRCYS website and to contact us directly if you wish to inquire about or request one of our many training and development options.