Free Our Youth

By Jessica Press, The Philadelphia Citizen | January 27, 2020

Stoneleigh Fellow Raj Jayadev is working with the Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project to develop its Youth Justice Hub, which is featured in this piece by The Philadelphia Citizen.

…Sarah [is] the co-director and one of the five co-founders of the Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP).

The nonprofit’s efforts are multifaceted: They hold Saturday art and poetry workshops every single week without exception for youth who are being held in adult prisons. Through the workshops, they get young people expressing themselves in ways they may never have done before.

“That’s one of the issues with our communities in general,” says YASP co-founder and co-director Josh Glenn, who’d also been arrested and held at both youth and adult facilities. “A lot of folks are taught not to cry, not to show their emotions, and I think that bottles it up and creates conflict.”…

There is also the Tuesday Youth Justice Hub, workshops to help youth charged with crimes and their families understand and navigate the complex court process.

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