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Helping justice-involved young adults gain the skills and credentials needed to secure living-wage employment and become productive citizens.

Diversion programs redirect individuals from prosecution or incarceration to community-based programming, supervision, and supports. This toolkit was created to help diversion programs strengthen their services by providing young adults (ages 16-24) with high-quality education and workforce development opportunities. The site includes:

Young Adult Diversion Framework

A framework illustrating how special education, career and technical education, and other workforce development strategies can be offered as part of a diversion program.

Resource Collection

A list of online resources on such topics as diversion programs, special education, career and technical education, other workforce development strategies, strategic partnerships, and data collection and evaluation.


A curated collection of resources designed to assist young adult diversion partnerships in applying the collective impact model to their partnership planning and coordination.

Partnership Profiles

Brief profiles of the partnerships that participated in the Young Adult Diversion technical assistance initiative, which was designed to help partnerships implement and strengthen diversion services and incorporate special education, career and technical education, and other workforce development opportunities.

About Us

A brief description of the initiative that supported development of this toolkit.

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Young Adult Diversion Framework

Featured Resource

This guide proposes 10 steps to transform the local and state juvenile justice system, with the goals of protecting public safety and improving outcomes for justice-involved youth. The evidence base and examples are included for each step.

Source: David Muhammad. National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform. February 2019.