Organizing Statement

We are organizing 30 youth in five high schools around LA (John Muir, La Canada, Blaire, La Salle, and Pasadena) to prevent gang violence by pressuring local and state representatives to invest funding into proven accountability and treatment services for justice system-involved youth by August 2018 and challenging the judicial system’s policies regarding incarceration of juvenile youth. We will do this by recruiting, identifying, and training fellow youth organizers, holding one-on-one meetings with researchers on juvenile justice and prior justice-related youth, and hosting training events that prepare members of YES to present elevator speeches to local and state representatives on the necessity of juvenile justice.

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