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Youth Justice Action Month: Take Action toward helping youths succeed

Young people leaving juvenile justice facilities need help now more than ever when returning to their families and communities. In light of Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) PbS Education and Employment Foundation is taking action by hosting our first live virtual fundraiser, “Creating Real Second Chances,” on Oct. 27, 3-3:45pm. The live virtual fundraiser will feature a panel of youths who received financial support from the foundation and a family member with experience supporting her child’s reentry.. They will talk about the challenges and needs they faced or will soon face and help us better understand how we can help. The webinar is free to join and donations are encouraged.

This summer the PbS Education and Employment Foundation provided $5,000 in Reentry Assistance Awards directly to 10 young people leaving facilities to help them pay for basic necessities such as food and clothing. But we need to do more and we need your help.

Our goal is to raise $2,000 or more so we can provide a second round of reentry awards in 2020 and give more youths the second chance they deserve.

The time to act is now. You are all invited to learn, listen and donate to help youths overcome the challenges and situations that likely resulted in their involvement in the juvenile justice system and break the cycles of poverty, discrimination, unemployment, violence, addiction, homelessness and abuse.

 

About the author

Jaclyn Cirinna

Jaclyn Cirinna

The PbS Youth Coordinator position was created in 2019 to ensure PbS’ work includes input and feedback from the youths we serve. The first coordinator was hired thanks to support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and is focusing on initiatives to grow the Education and Employment Foundation to reach more youths.

PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.