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YOUTH

TRANSFORMING

JUSTICE

Ending the school-to-prison pipeline through peer-driven, restorative, and trauma-informed solutions

50k

incarcerated youth in the U.S.

$5B

spent a year on confining youth nationwide

75%

juvenile recidivism rate nationwide

6%

juvenile recidivism rate in YTJ Peer Solutions

OUR MISSION

We believe the best way to end the school-to-prison pipeline is to transform traditional, punitive school discipline and juvenile justice systems into restorative, trauma-informed, and peer-driven solutions where youth can reflect and learn from mistakes, repair damage and relationships harmed, and move forward successfully.  

Working in collaboration with youth, schools,  community organizations, and county probation departments, we envision safer communities where youth stay in school, schools cultivate a greater sense of personal connection, safety, and accountability, and youth exercise authentic agency in their lives and neighborhoods.

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Change a Young Person's Future

Make sure every young person who makes a bad decision has the opportunity to repair
damage and learn from their mistakes.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Volunteer. Advocate. Donate. 

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

 -Buckminster Fuller

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