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!