In the Family Resource Center, you will find helpful information about how to navigate the criminal justice system and how to start a campaign to get your voice heard. You will also find a parent outreach video to engage others, and information about how to contact your local parent groups and local campaigns that are happening in your state.
Click here for a full resource booklet with a geographically diverse listing of resources ranging from legal assistance to family organizations to housing and employment contacts
The Campaign for Youth Justice’s mission is to end the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth (under 18) in the adult criminal justice system and through its’ membership network, the Alliance for Youth Justice (AYJ), works with directly affected families and youth to advance its’ mission by:
• Facilitating connections for families and youth with resources, supports and family members in the states through monthly calls and one-on-one conversations;
• Assisting families and youth with national, state and local resource & informational contacts through a Resource Guide;
• Providing peer to peer support and a safe space for families that are experiencing the negative impacts of their loved ones’ involvement in the justice system;
• Supporting families and youth in leading (and/or getting involved in) state-level campaigns in reducing the prosecution of youth in adult criminal court;
• Assisting families and youth in sharing their experiences of how they’ve been impacted by policies that try, sentence and incarcerate youth as adults with national, state and local policymakers; reporters; and juvenile and criminal justice stakeholders;
• Providing advocacy tools and outreach materials for families and youth to build coalitions, engage constituencies and advance policy reforms to end the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system;
• Supporting families and youth in identifying potential resources to support advocacy campaigns to end the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system;
• Identifying advocacy opportunities for families and youth at the national level with Congress and the Administration(Department of Justice) to advance juvenile justice reforms to end the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system and to remove youth from adult jails and prisons;
Providing technical assistance on fundraising, event planning, and media to families and advocates for Youth Justice Awareness month which is held every October. There are over 20 events that have been held across the country. These events have all been successful in raising awareness and participation in important youth justice issues across the country;
Providing leadership training and educational tools to advance policy reforms to end the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system.
The Alliance for Youth Justice is a group of families and allies from all across the country that have come together to advocate, share information and guide policy reform efforts to reform the systems of injustice that have abused, neglected and blamed families for society’s failures. We know that together, we can empower ourselves and each other and reform systems that seek to destroy our children, families and our communities.
In partnership with families and youth, the Campaign for Youth Justice shares its expertise in through technical assistance and guidance. The Campaign believes that the family and youth experience is central to achieving significant change, so the Campaign supports movement building by providing educational materials, campaign tools and opportunities for skill development to families and youth. The Campaign seeks to build a larger movement of reformists and family experts on youth justice issues.
The Alliance for Youth Justice hosts monthly calls among parents, families and allies to share information about youth in the adult system and the reform efforts. Our monthly call is by phone, the first Thursday of each month. Families will also have access to the latest news and developments pertaining to best practices within youth justice and updates on other grassroots efforts for reform.
For more information about the AYJ monthly calls and to have your name added to our growing list, please contact Shanta’ Gray at
or by phone at (202) 558-3580.
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