Juveniles for Justice, one of our youth advocacy programs, includes young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system and offers the youth an opportunity to assess the system's strengths and weaknesses, and then develop and implement advocacy projects to improve the system.

Each year, Juveniles for Justice select an area of focus, determine a strategy to address it, and implement their project. Projects areas include juvenile records expungement, college preparedness, improving educational outcomes, and understanding your rights and the juvenile court process. Juvenile Law Center provides essential support, ensuring that the participants develop the skills they need to succeed.

Recent Projects

In 2015-2016, youth advocates focused on access to higher education for justice-involved youth and developed a set of recommendations for juvenile justice facilities to help youth prepare for and attend college.

Youth advocates identified problems that they experienced while they were in the juvenile justice system and created a series of recommendations to address these issues.

Youth advocates chose to launch a campaign to educate other youth in the juvenile justice system about the impact of juvenile records and how to expunge, or destroy, them. Youth advocates created an informational card about expungement for youth.

We're accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program year for Juveniles for Justice. Submit your Application today!

Become a Youth Advocate

We are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program for Juveniles for Justice. This program is for youth ages 16-22 who are currently in or have had experiences in the juvenile justice systems. We're looking for young people who have an interest in using their experiences to improve the system for themselves and other youth. Youth advocates meet once a week for two hours at the Juvenile Law Center to build advocacy skills and launch their advocacy campaign. 

The application deadline is September 7, 2018. All applicants will be called for an interview and will know they're final application status by the last week of September 2018. Click here to download the application.

How to Apply

Fill out the appropriate application and drop it off or mail it to the address below. You can also fax your application(s) to 215-625-2808. 

ATTN: Youth Advocacy Program/Applications
Juvenile Law Center
1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Do you work with youth? We'd love to present to your staff and youth about our youth advocacy programs! Contact us by August 3, 2018 if you would like to schedule an in-person presentation.