"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 the Program

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.

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. As we celebrate #10YearsofYA, we’re not just celebrating the past—we’re making sure our youth advocates have the strongest possible foundation for their future work. 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—and they are just getting started!


Juvenile Law Center is celebrating the tenth anniversary of our Youth Advocacy Program! The program consists of Juveniles for Justice, Youth Fostering Change and our Youth Speakers Bureau. 

Starting with Youth Justice Action Month in October, we will highlight our youth advocates’ important work and substantial impact over the past decade.

Please help us celebrate youth-led advocacy and reform work by sharing their projects and using #10YearsofYA, #10YearsofJ4J and #10YearsofYFC!

Learn More!

We’re celebrating #10YearsofJ4J! For ten years, 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. Click to learn why we’re celebrating #10YearsofYFC!

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!