The major responsibility of the Youth Justice Project’s Youth Steering Committee is to advise and partner with the Youth Justice Project to ensure we are doing all we can to effectively help young people. Steering committee members learn necessary skills for advancing change in their own community such as writing and public speaking skills. Members also meet with and discuss issues relating to education, juvenile justice, and criminal justice with major stakeholders in Durham, including elected officials, non-profit leaders, and community activists.
The Youth Justice Project welcomes youth of all backgrounds. We are committed to helping young people overcome obstacles to participation such as transportation and flexible meeting times. We strongly encourage all to apply, especially those with direct involvement in the school-to-prison pipeline or justice system. Upon admittance, our staff will work with the committee member and family to ensure they can participate fully. All participants will receive a small stipend for their participation each month.
– 14-18 years old
– Resident of Durham, North Carolina
– Directly impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and/or interested in dismantling the pipeline
Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now closed.
Any questions? E-mail Kristen Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the 2018-2019 Youth Steering Committee!
- Amazende is a senior at Middle College High School. She participates in Theta Phi Delta, Teen Court, Upward Bound, Young Dems, Youth in Action, and more! Amazende likes to sleep, read, kayak, and watch Nigerian movies. She wants to become a doctor in the Navy one day. For now, she wants to see changes in disciplinary infractions in Durham public schools.
- Jennah is a junior at JDC Early College, where she participates in the National Honor Society and the Bull City Step Team. In her spare time, she likes to read, decorate, research, and watch movies. In the future, Jennah aspires to become a cosmetic chemist and hopefully create or join a program for community empowerment.