President Biden proclaimed October as National Youth Justice Action Month, an annual observance to raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of young people impacted by the justice system.
In an exclusive video, artist and advocate John Legend thanks youth justice stakeholders from across the country for their efforts during this year’s observance. He also discusses successes in juvenile justice reform and reiterates the need to continue this important work.
“Most of you have dedicated your lives to improving the lives of children in America, often working behind the scenes for little to no credit. I want to take this opportunity to thank you.”
Youth advocates began observing Youth Justice Action Month in 2008. Tracy McClard sparked the movement in 2008 after she lost her teenage son, Jonathan, to suicide during his time in an adult jail in Missouri.
- Learn more about Youth Justice Action Month.
- View YJAM videos "Youth Justice Action Month: Why We Act" and "Youth Justice Action Month: Creating Brighter Futures for Our Nation’s Youth (webinar)."
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