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 we are partnering with in this 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 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.

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

Elements of a Healthy Juvenile Justice System


Fact Sheet

Initiative Background


Technical Assistance

The Beat Within PYJI Special Issue

Video Series

Youth Justice System Advocacy Guide

The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform and The Center published this guide for the Positive Youth Justice Initiative. It provides an overview of key systems and decision-making roles in California.
Download the Guide
Advocacy Guide Webinar

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.