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Youth Justice Action Month: Opportunities Galore

What does it take for a youth to be successful after their involvement in the juvenile justice system? For some it is platforms, a place to be heard and listened to, while for others it is realistic opportunities in areas of interest.

What does it take for a system to be successful? On a macro level, the system needs to engage youths and steer them in the direction of the tools and skill sets it will take to get them where they want to go. What you can do is listen…a listening ear goes a long way.

How can you help ensure success for the youths in your care? Provide the tools! It’s easy: listen to a youth’s goals – really listen. Then work together to figure out what can be done for the youth, as well as who else the youth can count on to be engaged in positive opportunities.

For me, all I wanted was a platform for my voice and the space to advocate for youths as well as policies that impact them. I know I am not alone in saying who I was as a teenager is not who I am today. In light of Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM), I was invited to State House to independently testify for a juvenile expungement bill. This is important to me because so many youths are negatively impacted by the collateral consequences of having an accessible record.

PbS supports YJAM and strives to empower youth voice where it matters.

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PbS Youth Coordinator Testifying for S.900/Bill number #1386

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Youth Coordinator Jaclyn Cirinna Testifying for S.900/Bill number #1386

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At the State House with Representative Marjorie Decker and Andres Vargas on October 8, 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 11:08 AM