This Youth Justice Action Month as families, advocates, and communities participate in acts to end racism and the over-criminalization of young people of color, it is crucial that our efforts intentionally and explicitly uplift the voices and experiences of girls touched by the juvenile justice system. Check out more in our YJAM guest blog by Cherice Hopkins Staff Attorney at Rights4Girls.
Kat Crawford & Christina Campbell from the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings discuss how students in secure schools across America are exploring the issues that surround youth justice for Youth Justice Action Month.
Join us. We need you to encourage your Governor to certify your state’s compliance with the the Prison Rape Elimination Act by October 15th.
On October 1, YJAM (Youth Justice Action Month) begins again. Since 2008, youth justice advocates around the country have come together to organize events and online activities to raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of young people impacted by our criminal justice system.
The Campaign for Youth Justice declared October to be National Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM). Since 2009, YJAM has grown every year. YJAM aims to provide people across the country with an opportunity to develop action-oriented events in their communities. We hope to see you in October!
Since 2009, YJAM has grown every year. Youth, families, students and advocates throughout the country have made YJAM what it is today – a movement to end the prosecution of youth in the adult system.
This year for YJAM, the Campaign for Youth Justice joins other national organizations and movements in calling for our local communities to A.C.T. to End Racism. Our youth justice systems are infected with racism, racial bias, and racial and ethnic disparities, so we are encouraging all YJAM participants to join us in: Awakening to the damaging effects of racism; Confronting racism in our own lives and work; and Transforming ourselves, our communities, our institutions, and our values to reflect our core beliefs in equity, humanity, and justice for all.