Casey Awards Grants to Juvenile Justice Reform Projects Led by Young People

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation on 9/6/2022

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion announced fund­ing for three juve­nile jus­tice reform projects led by youth and young adults who have per­son­al expe­ri­ence with the jus­tice sys­tem. Seek­ing to ele­vate the voic­es and lead­er­ship poten­tial of these young peo­ple, the Foun­da­tion issued a request for pro­pos­als with the help of alum­ni from Casey’s Juve­nile Jus­tice Youth Advi­so­ry Coun­cil.

The three grantees are the Cen­ter for Jus­tice-Impact­ed Stu­dents at Mid­dle­sex Col­lege in New Jer­sey, the Legal Aid Soci­ety in New York City and the Final 5 Cam­paign in Illi­nois. They were select­ed from a pool of 64 pro­pos­als by coun­cil alum­ni, Foun­da­tion staff and oth­ers. Each will receive a $50,000 grant.

We received a strong response to the request for pro­pos­als, many of which were quite good,” says David E. Brown, senior asso­ciate with the Foundation’s Juve­nile Jus­tice Strat­e­gy Group. ​The grantees we chose demon­strat­ed the high­est lev­el of youth engage­ment and lead­er­ship by youth affect­ed by the juve­nile jus­tice system.”

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