Planning Your National Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM) Event
October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month! Youth Justice Awareness Month is an opportunity for families, youth, and allies to host community-led actions and events that expose the real-life consequences of children being processed in adult court and placed in adult jails and prisons. With events happening throughout the country, YJAM is not only a time to raise awareness but also a time to build collective action, to strengthen relationships with other advocates, and to join local advocacy campaigns working to create policy changes.
Every year in the U.S. an estimated 250,000 youth are tried, sentenced, or incarcerated as adults. These young people are our friends, siblings, sons and daughters. Each year, we build momentum to end the criminalization of our youth and the devastating long-term consequences they must face every day.
Will you join us in taking a stand for youth justice? In past years, YJAM events have included:
· 5K Run/Walk
· Film Screenings
· Art Exhibits
· Poetry Slams
· Community Service Days
· Social Media campaigns
· Teach-In Days
Below you will find more information on toolkits and templates to help you plan a successful event:
› Event Planning
› Budgeting and Fundraising
› Outreach Materials
› Recommended Materials
Planning an Event
Planning an event involves a lot of steps. CFYJ has prepared a toolkit and timeline to help you plan your event. It includes information on timelines, getting people involved, how to get media, sponsors and volunteers and how to wrap up your event. It is a critical tool to making sure your event is a hit.
Planning and Event Timeline
This is a timeline to help you determine what you need to do and when you need to do it in order to successfully plan your event.
Planning an Event Toolkit
This is a toolkit CFYJ created to help organizers plan events of all kinds. It includes information on step-by-step planning, sample timelines, outreach information, media information, fundraising and volunteer templates and a variety of other materials to help you stay organized as you plan your event.
Planning a 5k can be a daunting task, especially if it is your first one. Click here for a five-minute video to help guide you in planning your first event: Video on 5K planning
Budgeting and Fundraising for your Event
Budgeting and fundraising for you event can be a daunting task. Therefore CFYJ and its partners have provided the following materials to help you budget and fundraise for your event.
FUNdraising for Youth Justice Awareness Month Toolkit
By Liz Ryan
This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to fundraising for your event.
5k Fundraising Toolkit
by Bill Meade
This toolkit provides a list of places you can look for donations for your event as well as strategies for pitching these people and organizations.
Food Solicitation Letter Template
This document provides a template letter you can tailor to ask for food donations for your event.
Items for Donation
This document provides a checklist list of items you will need for your 5k race as well as a list of places where you can get them donated.
5k Budget Sheet
This document provides a template for budgeting your 5k race.
Film Screening Budget Sheet
This document provides a template for budgeting your event.
Here are some sample outreach materials that you can modify for your event. If you have created a flyer or any other outreach materials for your event, we would love to see them! Please send them to:
Sample 5k Flyer 1
Sample 5k Flyer 2
Sample 5k Flyer with registration form
5k Race Registration Form
Sample YJAM Flyer
Here are some materials to help you recruit and manage volunteers for your event.
Volunteer Shift Timesheet
Volunteer Management Toolkit
Here are some media hits from races last year.
FFLIC WDSU TV Interview
FFLIC 5K TV Coverage
Campaigning for youth justice in Onalaska - WXOW News 19
Youth justice run/walk set for Oct. 24 - Courier-Life News
Here are some materials the Campaign recommends for your event. If you have other suggestions, please email to