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.

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"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, Juveniles for Justice alumnus

About

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.

Our Programs

Youth advocates in Juveniles for 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. 

How You Can Help

Our youth advocates have led critical policy changes in Philly and beyond. Become a Youth Advocacy Sustainer today to support their work!