Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Programs prepare young people to lead advocacy and policy reform efforts in their local communities and beyond. The programs’ youth advocates lead critical policy changes, from improving access to record expungement to empowering youth in foster care in dependency court. They also speak directly to lawmakers and make national media appearances, and their resources and toolkits have been used in jurisdictions across the country. In addition, the advocates have testified at Congressional briefings and met with White House staff.
Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Programs include:
- Advocates for Youth Justice: This program engages young people who have been involved in the youth justice system, offering them an opportunity to assess the system’s strengths and weaknesses, and then develop and implement advocacy projects to improve the system.
- Advocates for Transforming Youth Systems: This program offers youth who are currently or formerly involved in the child welfare system the opportunity to evaluate the system and develop and implement a reform campaign.