Youth Justice Awareness Month Begins

Posted by Edward Loughran
October 01, 2015

October is Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM).  YJAM is an opportunity for communities, families, youth, and allies to host community-led actions and events that expose the consequences of children being processed in adult court and placed in adult jails and prisons.  This year, Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is also launching an effort to support advocates seeking to get local or state governments to officially proclaim October to be Youth Justice Awareness Month.

We see this as a way to elevate the level of conversation about juvenile justice issues, and as a way for advocates to strengthen relationships with the agencies and elected officials they will need to pass legislative reforms.

During October, CFYJ will also be generating lots of content and discussion online, with blogs, infographics, short videos telling the story of why kids should be treated differently than adults in our criminal justice system.  We’ll also be promoting online action to pass the re-authorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).

More information and YJAM materials are here.

Can you help us?  Here are some ways (sort of ranked from easiest to most involved):

  • Forward this information about YJAM to others in your network
  • Join us on Twitter and Facebook and use #YJAM to join the conversation all month long
  • Write a blog or newsletter article during October for your website
  • Organize an event like a film screening
  • Get engaged in local or state efforts to officially recognize Youth Justice Awareness Month

Thank you for whatever contribution you can make towards promoting YJAM and the issue of kids in the adult criminal justice system this October. Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas. Contact CFYJ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.