The six-month program is part of the Positive Youth Justice Initiative: Organizing for a Healthy Justice System, managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. The Youth Organizer Leadership Program is about:
Learning healing practices and teachings rooted in different cultures. Healing is embedded throughout the fabric of the entire program to build a healthy and solid foundation.
Learning the history of the criminal justice system, mass incarceration of communities of color, successful and failed program models, current trends, campaign strategies, innovative approaches and more.
Preparing to practice expertise with full confidence when advocating for systems transformation. Participants have guidance to continue shaping their own narratives.
Training and support for those early in their leadership and/or career track in systems transformation, and those looking to advance to the next stages of their educational or career opportunities
Growing circles of influence and opportunity, and sharpening skills in networking in a variety of settings. High-level mentors from different sectors develop long-lasting, supportive relationships.
Opportunities to intern or shadow someone in the field in specific areas of interest — individually or collectively.