Juvenile Law Center

Juveniles for Justice

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If you are interested in getting involved with Juveniles for Justice or using one of our products—like the video below—please contact Cathy Moffa at cmoffa@jlc.org.

Juveniles for Justice, one of our youth engagement programs, includes young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system and offers the youth an opportunity to assess the system's strengths and weaknesses, and then develop and implement advocacy projects to improve the system.

Juveniles for Justice selects new Youth Advocates and a new issue each year, starting in early fall. Below are some highlights from Juveniles for Justice's projects over the past several years.

Joining Juveniles for Justice

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015-2016 session. Applications for next year will be posted in June, 2016. If you would like to be notified when applications are posted, please contact Cathy at cmoffa@jlc.org.


Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

During their 2014-2015 project year, Juveniles for Justice focused on the educational needs of youth in the juvenile justice system.

The Youth Advocates identified problems that they experienced while they were in the juvenile justice system – from being forced into alternative schools to the low quality education provided in juvenile justice facilities to difficulties transitioning from juvenile facilities back into their neighborhood schools – and created a series of recommendations to address these issues.



Expunging Your Juvenile Record

In 2013-2014, Juveniles for Justice Youth Advocates focused on promoting awareness of the impact of juvenile records and how to expunge, or destroy, them. They created an informational card for youth with information about the expungement process, and also created this video to spread awareness of the importance of expunging juvenile records. Public defenders at the Defender Association of Philadelphia will be using this video in trainings and presentations for attorneys.


"Youth Guide to the Juvenile Court System"

In 2012-2013, Juveniles for Justice Youth Advocates focused on ensuring that youth in the juvenile justice system understand the juvenile court process and their rights in the system. To help other youth navigate the juvenile justice system, Youth Advocates created "Youth Guide to the Juvenile Court System." To help others in their situation, Juveniles for Justice created a youth-friendly guide to the juvenile justice system, with tips from youth for youth. Attorneys from the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, and other juvenile justice professionals in Philadelphia all provided input. 

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Comprehensive Case Planning

In 2011-2012, Juveniles for Justice Youth Advocates focused on promoting effective case planning in Pennsylvania--specifically, a computerized case planning program developed by the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission (JCJC) that enables probation officers, delinquent youth, and their families to develop a plan together to meet the youth's specific needs.

Youth Advocates created this video to advocate for comprehensive case planning:

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