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Date(s) - 10/31/2020
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This October, Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) provides an opportunity to grow our movement for youth justice.

There have been campaigns to free children from juvenile or adult detention facilities where the risk of contracting COVID is disproportionately high, campaigns to free our schools from the harmful presence of police officers whose actions widen the school-to-prison pipeline, and campaigns to confront racist violence in our bloated and over-funded police departments – violence that is often directed at our children.

The usual campaigns to reduce or end the practice of prosecuting and incarcerating children as adults have also continued this year; these campaigns have proven to be inextricably intertwined with urgent efforts to decarcerate children and protect them from law enforcement abuses; as always they do most harm to black and brown children.

This October, Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) provides an opportunity to highlight all these campaigns, energize them, connect them, and grow our movement for youth justice.

In Maryland, 28 partners have joined together to Vote for Youth Justice, following this year’s YJAM theme.  We aim to hold space through engaging conversation aimed at galvanizing young people to vote and get one step closer to changing systems that marginalize people of color.  One way in which Advocates for Children and Youth is participating in the month is through posting our Rethink Baltimore (www.rethinkbaltimore.org) stories.  These stories highlight life in Baltimore and shows how community leaders as well as youth are leading the way to social change.  Angie Winder, from the Restoring the Village Project, is one such leader.


Below is a tentative schedule for the week.  The activities that Advocates for Children and Youth are participating in are highlighted in red.


Week 1—September 28 to October 2

    • Johns Hopkins Sustainability Leadership Council Environmental Justice Panel—9/29
    • Youth Voter Registration Training with Black Girls Vote—9/30
    • Voter Registration Canvassing—10/2

Week 2—October 5 to October 9 (National Voter Education Week)

    • US Conference of Mayors Webinar—10/8
    • Voter Registration Canvassing—10/9

Week 3—October 12 to October 15

Week 4—October 19 to October 23

Week 5—October 26 to October 29

    • Children’s Cabinet 10/29-Join the Baltimore Children’s Cabinet Youth Diversion work group for the convening of city leaders to discuss the work they’re doing to change the youth justice landscape in Baltimore for better.  Ashley DeVaughn, our youth justice policy director, will be facilitating Listen and Learn: The Baltimore City Youth Experience Panel Discussion which will be live on YouTube on the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success. Register @ http://bit.ly/YJAMBmore20.

View our stories on youth, justice and Baltimore City at www.rethinkbaltimore.org.   

View our conversation on the adultification of Black and Brown girls here.



  • Advocates for Children and Youth
  • Algebra Project
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Baltimore City Youth Commission
  • Baltimore Police Department
  • Baltimore State’s Attorney
  • Community Law In Action
  • Department of Juvenile Services
  • Excellence & Ambition
  • Greenmount West Community Foundation
  • Maryland Office of the Public Defender
  • Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
  • Out for Justice
  • StandUp Baltimore
  • Office of Civil Rights
  • Black Girls Vote
  • Let’s Thrive Baltimore
  • My Fathers Plan
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University of Maryland
  • Coppin State University
  • Notre Dame of MD University
  • Morgan State University
  • The University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Maryland Institute College of Art