National Collaboration for Youth Releases Roadmap, Calls on Policymakers to Invest in Community-Based Alternatives to Youth Incarceration
FOR RELEASE: December 14, 2016 at 11:00 am EDT
- Executive Summary
- Full Report - Beyond Bars: Keeping Young People Safe At Home and Out of Youth Prisons
- Press Release
- Video: Beyond Bars (9 mins)
- Video: What's the Alternative? (1 hr 44 mins) featuring Mishi Faruqee, Youth First Initiative, Shaena Fazal, Youth Advocate Programs, Ruben Austria, Community Connections for Youth, and Clinton Lacey, Director, Washington DC Department of Youth and Rehabilitative Services
As the chair and vice-chair of the National Collaboration for Youth (NCY), we are pleased to share this report with you. The NCY, a 40-year old affinity group, is a coalition of the National Human Services Assembly member organizations that have a significant interest in youth development. Members of NCY include more than 50 national, nonprofit, youth development organizations.
The NCY mission is to provide a united voice as advocates for youth to improve the conditions of young people in America, and to help young people reach their full potential. Collectively, the member organizations of the National Collaboration for Youth:
- Serve more than 40 million young people and their families
- Employ over 100,000 paid staff
- Utilize more than six million volunteers
- Have a physical presence in virtually every community in America
The organizations that comprise the NCY work across generations, with young people, families, neighbors and community institutions. The impact of our organizations indicates that building strong communities and families provides young people with a greater opportunity to achieve well-being and reach their full potential far better than a system that relies on youth incarceration.
The report should serve as a handbook for juvenile justice administrators, legislators, judges, the non-profit community and youth advocates for how to end the practice of youth incarceration, promote public safety and restore a sense of belonging for our young people in their homes and neighborhoods. Our collective experiences tell us that communities that are often characterized by intense needs also have extraordinary assets that can be easily overlooked. We advocate for leveraging those assets as one means to meet those intense needs, and providing greater resources for neighborhood-based services and programs.
We hope that after reading this report, you will join us in supporting communities as the best place for our young people to explore their strengths, get the help they need and ultimately thrive.
CEO, Youth Advocate Programs
Chair, National Collaboration for Youth
Executive Director, Generations United
Vice-Chair, National Collaboration for Youth