The month of October is Youth Justice Action Month. During this month advocates raise awareness and inspire changes to the criminal justice system for young people. Youth Justice Action Month is co-hosted by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN). Throughout the month these organizations work together and invite communities to connect and take action. They invite all to get involved through:
- Attending workshops co-hosted by CJJ and NJJN: Throughout October the topics will be:
- Week 1: Protecting Childhood: Policies to Keep Youth Out of the Justice System
- Week 2: Treat Kids Like Kids: End the Adultification of Youth
- Week 3: Fund Care not Cages: Investing in Families and Communities.
- Register and learn more about upcoming workshops.
- Contacting your legislators. The week of October 18 – 22 there will be a virtual hill where you can make your voice heard. Learn more by signing up to receive resources and training.
- Sharing videos that show why youth justice reform is needed raises awareness of the issues. Learn more about making and sharing your video.
- Hosting an event. Keep your community engaged by hosting a local event. There are resources available for you to coordinate a successful event in your area:
Be sure to check out Illinois workNet’s Returning Citizens Guide that offers many resources and references for returning citizens from what to do after release to catching up on technology and finding a job. Articles included in the Returning Citizen Guide include:
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