A transformed youth justice system calls for a rehabilitative, health-focused, and care-first approach. To be effective and sustainable, this effort will require public and private partners working together to rethink every aspect of the youth justice continuum, including diversion, restorative justice, alternatives to placement and detention, family and community engagement, and staff well-being. This effort complements the County’s current efforts to transform the adult jail system through Care First and Community Investment (formerly known as Measure J) and the Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative.
The Center is also committed to expanding and strengthening youth development opportunities throughout Los Angeles. Youth development programs improve outcomes by supporting young people with mentorship, job development and training, educational supports, arts, sports, and life skills.
Center team lead: Lizzie Cohen