Our Youth Advocacy Program groups have each undergone a youth-led rebranding! Read our blog on how youth in these programs have been exploring the power of language and examining the history of harmful language used to talk about marginalized communities. This exploration has led youth to focus on identity building around themes of power, healing, connection and youth. Follow each of them on Instagram and Twitter at @Advocates_4YJ and @Advocates_TYS

We believe in the power of youth voice. Young people are experts on their own lives, and their lived experiences should inform policies that affect them.

"How Juvenile Law Center incorporates the youth voice is really important. I feel like I'm on the cutting edge of what's going on as far as advocacy work." - Marcus Jarvis, Advocates for Youth Justice alumnus


(Please note that the video below was made before our name change process.)

Since 2008, Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program has prepared young people to lead advocacy and policy reform efforts in their local communities and beyond. Learn how you can help them grow.

Our youth advocates have led many critical policy changes, from improving access to record expungement to empowering youth in foster care in dependency court. They speak directly to lawmakers and make national media appearances; their resources and tool kits have been used across the country. They have testified at Congressional briefings and met with White House staff.

How You Can Help

Our youth advocates have led critical policy changes in Philly and beyond. Give now to support their work!

Our Programs

Youth advocates in Advocates for Youth Justice have tackled big issues in the juvenile justice system. Click to learn more about their impact.

Our program for youth with experience in the child welfare system has empowered young people to advocate for themselves and for systemic reform. 

Access Our Youth Advocacy Toolkit

Looking to start a youth advocacy program in your area? Check out our free toolkit for getting started!