youth justice action month

October is Youth Justice ACTION Month

October 10, 2016

October is a month of change --  in many parts of the country, the leaves are changing and days are getting shorter. Fitting then, that this year, Youth Justice Awareness Month is changing to Youth Justice ACTION Month. Every October since 2008, the Campaign for Youth Justice has led a month-long conversation about youth justice, equity and the importance of doing what we know works to help young people stay on track and keep communities safer. They have always called it YJAM, and this year it’s still YJAM, it’s just a bit more active.

This month, as every October, people and organizations across the country will host events and share stories to raise awareness about the treatment of more than 200,000 youth vulnerable young people in the justice system

 On September 30, 2016, President Barack Obama gave his stamp of approval, and officially proclaimed October as YJAM. He encourages “all Americans to observe this month by taking action to support our youth and by participating in appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in their communities.”

That’s right, action. The power to change the future lies inside our very own communities, so it’s time to put the spotlight on these issues—and take action to improve our justice systems.

How Can You Get Involved?

Take Action: Ask Congress to pass the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) this month! (Find out what this is and why it matters to youth.)

Talk to your Senator about reauthorizing the JJDPA Act.

Join the conversation on social media – get informed, get connected to stories and get involved for fairer youth justice. Use the awesome toolkit from the Campaign for Youth Justice! .

Check your state’s age of youth tried and sentenced as adults.

Attend panels, lectures, and info sessions on the youth justice system.

Attend a YJAM Fundraiser.

Host a youth justice poetry slam.

Run for youth justice!

All kids are our kids. We must take the necessary measures to keep children and young people out of the adult criminal justice system. It’s time to act!