Juveniles for Justice

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.

"In addition to changing the juvenile justice System, I now have the skills to speak out about my experience and know that I am not alone. This program has given me my own voice and taught me how to be a voice for other youth who may not be able to speak out for themselves at this time. Juveniles for Justice has given me the courage to be who I am without fear of what others may think of me." - Shyara, Juveniles for Justice alumna

Join Us!

We recruit for Juveniles for Justice each summer and post application materials here in late spring/early summer.

If you are interested in getting involved with Juveniles for Justice or using Juveniles for Justice materials, please contact us!