Youth Fostering Change, one of our advocacy programs for youth, offers youth who are currently or formerly involved in the child welfare system the opportunity to evaluate the system and develop and implement a campaign that works toward reform.

Each year, Youth Fostering Change Youth Advocates select an area of focus, identify a strategy to address it, and implement their project. Along the way, Juvenile Law Center provides essential support, ensuring that the participants develop the skills they need to succeed.

Projects tackle a range of issues, including educational success, age-appropriate support, foster care placements for older youth, preventing homelessness, and more.

We're accepting applications for Youth Fostering Change. Submit your application today!

Join YFC!

We are accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Juveniles for Justice program year. J4J is for youth ages 16-22 who are currently in or have had experiences in the juvenile justice systems. We're looking for young people who have an interest in using their experiences to improve the system for themselves and other youth.

Youth advocates meet once a week for two hours at Juvenile Law Center's to build advocacy skills and launch their advocacy campaign.  The application deadline is August 31, 2019. 

Download the Application

How to Apply

Fill out the appropriate application and drop it off or mail it to the address below. You can also fax your application(s) to 215-625-2808. 

ATTN: Youth Advocacy Program/Applications
Juvenile Law Center
1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Do you work with youth? We'd love to present to your staff and youth about our youth advocacy programs! Contact Marcia Hopkins at or Cathy Moffa at or at 215-625-0551 for more information.

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!