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Reimagining Leadership: Centering Youth Voice in Systems Transformation

February 22, 2022

The Stoneleigh Foundation hosted a panel of youth leaders for a discussion about how to incentivize systems and system leaders to seek out youth perspectives and make authentic engagement of young people the norm. 

Young people are the most credible sources of knowledge about their own needs, concerns, circumstances, and communities. Yet too often, their voices and experiences are deprioritized or ignored by the systems intended to serve them. By valuing the inherent expertise and assets that young people possess, we can strengthen system reforms and elevate youth as agents of community transformation.


Avani Alvarez
Creative Resilient Youth

Presley Barner
YEAH Philly

Anahi Figueroa-Martinez
Juveniles for Justice

My Le
Youth Art & ​Self-Empowerment Project

Marcía Hopkins (moderator)
Senior Manager, Youth Advocacy Program & Policy
Juvenile Law Center