Parent Tools

Alliance for Youth Justice
Family Guide to Networking, Coalition Building, Organizing & Campaign Planning
House Party Kit
AYJ Speech Presentation Curriculum
AYJ Basic Media Training
AYJ Missouri Model Training
Vigil Guide
Childhood Interrupted
Postcard Campaign

 


Alliance for Youth Justice
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The Alliance for Youth Justice is a place for families, young people and their allies to come together for support and tools to change systems that directly affect them. If you would like to invite others to the calls, please print out a copy of the flyer and share it.

 


Family Guide to Networking, Coalition Building, Organizing, and Campaign Planning
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Want to know how to change the juvenile and criminal justice systems?  This guide can help you get started.  It is packed with ideas, tips and daily activities to help you become an effective advocate for change.  Hear the first hand account of how other parents came together to make a difference to thousands of children in their state and what individuals can do to bring needed change to their own systems.  Basic information in an easy to follow format.  Download Family Guide

 


House Party Kit
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Are you interested in raising awareness about the impact of prosecuting youth in the adult criminal justice system? By hosting a house/dorm party you will be the catalyst for change. These parties are essential for raising awareness, recruiting volunteers, and educating legislators. Hosting a party is easy, important and a great way to educate others about this atrocity. Our “House Party Kit” includes a sample invitation, a planning checklist, and ideas to make your party personal and fun.

House Party Kit (PDF 128 KB)



Vigil Guide
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Are you looking for a way to engage others? The Vigil Toolkit will help you organize others and how to make an impact in your community and with the media. This toolkit has everything you will need to put together a successful event.
Vigil Guide (DOC 252 KB)



Speech Presentation Curriculum
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An elevator speech is a mixture of an explanation and a sales pitch. It's intended to get people excited about your work, organization or cause. Here's how to give a good
Guide to giving a speech presentation.



AYJ Basic Media Training
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Are you looking for some basic media training? Here are some instructions on how to engage with and talk to the press. It has tips on reporter relations, interviews and events to help you capitalize on media opportunities.
Basic Media Training



Missouri Model
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Most youth prisons (sometimes called training schools or juvenile correctional centers) teach young people how to be better prisoners. This does not prepare them for a positive future. Unlike kids in most youth prisons, youth in Missouri's secure facilities are not treated like prisoners. The staff members are not guards; they are youth workers with college degrees in social work, psychology and so forth. The results are dramatic. Click here for more information.
Missouri Model Training



Childhood Interrupted
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Get your friends and family involved in youth justice with our great new tool.  It’s a short DVD designed to get people thinking and spark discussion about the practice of trying youth in the adult system. Also included is a Discussion Guide, which can be used to further exchange about this important issue. For your free copy of this DVD, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Postcard Campaign
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Using postcards to spread a message can produce good results in a small amount of time. Postcard campaigns are inexpensive, effective, and easy.

How to conduct a Postcard Campaign
Step 1: Consider your target audience.
Will this postcard be sent to legislators or the general public? What kind of information will be best suited for informing this audience?

Step 2:Develop a message.
Remember that postcards are relatively small, so you will need to make it succinct. Nobody will bother to read an entire novel squeezed onto a single card. A few large words of text will suffice.  If you have any trouble getting your message onto the card provide these files to your local Kinkos and they should be able to assist you.

Step 3:Send your postcard to a professional printing company (e.g. Kinko’s or an online printer).
Send them your design and ask them to print it onto high-quality postcards.  The printer will address the postcards if you provide a mailing list in an excel spreadsheet.  Otherwise you will need to print labels from your computer and affix them to the postcard.

Step 4:Send postcards out to target group, in a timely manner.
Below are your printable postcard downloads. Choose between 2 postcard fronts to go along with our customized postcard back.  See the “postcard sample” jpeg for your reference.

 

Postcard 1

Postcard_Front1 (PDF 132 KB)

 

Postcard 2

Postcard_Front 2 (PDF 216 KB)

 

Postcard Back

Postcard_Back (PDF 36 KB)

 

 

Postcard Back Sample
Postcard Back Sample

 

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