As we complete our implementation phase of the initiative with public agency partners, we now are deepening our investments in communities, grassroots organizations, youth and family members most impacted by the juvenile justice system, who are using their expertise and passion to bring about change. They are advancing their work through community organizing to accelerate a statewide movement toward a juvenile justice system focused on youth well-being, improved system practices and reduced justice system involvement.
These organizations and their community partners play critical roles in advancing a healthy justice system agenda, and represent communities of color that are overly represented in and inequitably treated by the juvenile justice system. Our partners have led the call against the mass incarceration of communities of color, to end the school-to-prison pipeline and to address the racial disparities found throughout the system.
Proposals for an evaluation of Organizing for a Healthy Justice System were due on June 28 at 1 p.m.
The Positive Youth Justice Initiative is funded by Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and is managed by The Center.