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In the Fall of 2019, Advocates for Children and Youth launched an equitable and inclusive Community Engagement Framework that will advance policies and programs across multiple issue areas. Advocacy is best if made in partnership with the people they affect and equitable community engagement as a cornerstone to its practice. We recognize that Maryland’s youth, former and current system involved people, the faith-based community, and scholars matriculating in Maryland Universities have the skills, experiences, and knowledge that are vital to developing robust advocacy that meets the needs of this state.

ACY seeks to include the ideas and perspectives of diverse populations in its advocacy. In doing so, we strive to design high quality curriculum for participating individuals and facilitate a robust year long program that builds leadership capacity as well as creates a path for youth to advocacy.

What is the Emerging Leaders Program?

This intensive internship program is designed to train select college and university students in Maryland interested in furthering their leadership and advocacy skills. This program will focus on Juvenile Justice, Education, and Child Welfare system structures and trends. Participants will learn about effective public policy advocacy, restorative practices, organizing techniques, and receive mentoring by current professionals advancing meaningful system reforms.

Participants will organize community events, educate the public through forums and PSAs, and advocate for policy to achieve statewide youth justice, child welfare, and education reform. All expected participants will be expected to dedicate 8 hours per week September- April.

Our 2020 Emerging Leaders:

  • Yeleny Hernandez- Bowie State University Criminal Justice Major Graduation Winter 2019
  • Kwame Saro-Wiwa- Bowie State University Government Major Graduation Spring 2020
  • Adrienne Speller – Bowie State University Criminal Justice Major Graduation Spring 2020
  • Quishaun Holmes- Community Youth Leader