An Overview Of The Youth Advocacy Program At Juvenile Law Center
Since 2008, Juvenile Law Center has been promoting youth voice and expertise through its Youth Advocacy Program which includes Advocates for Youth Justice (formally Juveniles for Justice), Advocates Transforming Youth Systems (formally Youth Fostering Change), and the Youth Speakers Bureau. Each program provides youth with system involvement, ages 15-22, the opportunity to develop, propose, and advocate for effective solutions to longstanding systemic problems. Through the program, youth program members develop leadership skills, political knowledge, communication and storytelling skills, and a sense of community. By choosing to share their personal experiences to develop and advance reforms, youth advocates help influence Juvenile Law Center’s priorities by working to affect policy change through advocacy, media outreach, and public education.