Positive Youth Justice Initiative

Organizing for a Healthy Justice System

The Positive Youth Justice Initiative is helping communities across California transform juvenile justice practice and policy into a more just, effective system that is aligned with the developmental needs of young people.

We are pleased to announce the 11 nonprofit community-based organizations and their countywide collaboratives that will join us as we launch the next phase of the Positive Youth Justice Initiative.

News release

Grantee Partner Organizations

As we complete our implementation phase of the initiative with public agency partners, we now will deepen our investments in communities, grassroots organizations, youth and family members most impacted by the juvenile justice system, who will use their expertise and passion to bring about change.

These organizations and their community partners play critical roles in advancing a healthy justice system agenda, and represent racial and ethnic populations that are overly represented in and inequitably treated by the juvenile justice system. They 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.

Alameda Contra Costa Fresno Los Angeles Orange Riverside Sacramento San Diego San Francisco San Joaquin Santa Clara

Initiative Background




Technical Assistance

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Program Evaluation Request for Proposals

The Center invites proposals for an evaluation of the Organizing for a Healthy Justice System approach of expanding the capacity of county collaboratives to advocate for juvenile justice reform.

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In the News

The Mercury News – June 9, 2017

Inside Philanthropy – April 29, 2017

Witness LA – April 13, 2017

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.