Empowering Healing and Growth: Create Safe Spaces for Young People

By Jared Cooper, Juvenile Law Center, Generocity | March 8, 2023

Jared Cooper, a Youth Advocate with Juvenile Law Center, authored a guest column for Generocity discussing ways to create safe spaces and positive leadership opportunities for young people.

My name is Jared Cooper. I was arrested and thrown into the criminal justice system at 18 years old. Through fighting for my life and freedom, I was able to break the shackles that so effortlessly tried to hold me back. Now, my primary focus in life is health and wellness, and I currently do restorative work with a nonprofit organization, Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YSAP) and advocacy work as a member of Advocates for Youth Justice with Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program.

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