YOUTH Speakers Institute

Below please find the description of a joint program organized by The Correctional Association, Center for Community Alternatives and Youth Represent that seeks to engage court involved youth in the art of public speaking:

“Advocacy to reform New York’s youth justice system has revealed a clear need to engage formerly incarcerated youth as active spokespeople in this work. System-involved youth make powerful advocates; their stories can play a key role in educating legislators and the public by countering stereotypes and misperceptions, and by putting a human face on policy issues that can otherwise seem distant and abstract. While several New York City organizations work with and train system-involved youth, there is currently no structured program to train and connect young people with opportunities to participate in advocacy and public education on youth justice reform.

Youth Speakers Institute fills this gap by recruiting young people , 16 to 23, with current or past system involvement; training them on n public speaking and advocacy skills; and providing diverse opportunities for these young people to communicate their perspectives on youth justice reform issues to the public, policymakers, and the media.”

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