Positive Youth Justice Initiative Background

Through the Positive Youth Justice Initiative, we’re establishing a vanguard of county juvenile justice systems and leaders from across the state to foster a major shift in practice and policy by addressing the disconnections that have negative long-term effects for this vulnerable population. To ensure the initiative has as broad an impact as possible, we included design elements that have the potential to benefit all young people who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

Initiative Design Elements

The initiative uses an approach that invests in youth, treats trauma, provides wraparound service delivery and changes systems to strengthen local infrastructure and sustain the improvements.

Organizing for a Healthy Justice System Grants

The Positive Youth Justice Initiative entered its third phase in 2016, with up to $750,000 in grant funding available for nonprofit organizations in California to advance positive juvenile justice. Funded grassroots organizations will advance the work of the Positive Youth Justice Initiative through community organizing to accelerate a statewide movement toward a more youth development-focused juvenile justice system. Awards will range from $75,000 to $150,000 over 18 months in counties throughout the state that are poised to transform their juvenile justice system.

Planning Grants

Six counties received $75,000 grants in 2012 for a 12-month planning phase.

Implementation Grants

Four counties received $400,000 implementation grants in January 2014 to test a series of reforms designed to transform juvenile justice into a more just, effective system and improve the lives of the youth they engage.

Learn about the county grantee partners.

Learn about the Implementation Launch on Jan. 28, 2014.