You Can Build a Movement for Youth Justice!

Check out the YJC's latest action update and move the people around you to get involved. From city block to cell block and everywhere in between, we can fight the murder, mass  incarceration and deportation of youth. This week,...More info >

Knowledge Really Is Power

Don't wait for you, your friends or family to get caught up. Know your legal rights on the street, in school and in the system from arrest through sentencing, incarceration and homecoming. These legal education guides are easy to print. Get them out to everyone you know. More info >

Don't Just Read About History; Make History!

The YJC's FREE L.A. High School – (FREE L.A. = Fight for the Revolution that Will Educate and Empower L.A.) – gives youth a chance to get a high school diploma while also  getting hands-on training in direct action organizing that brings justice to our families and communities. More info >

Know Your Roots

Find out how L.A., California and the U.S. built its addiction to incarceration. The histories of the prison system, public education, youth policies and resistance movements are included. More info >

We've Been to More Funerals than Graduations

Parents shouldn't have to bury their children, and little kids shouldn't have to light memorial candles. But L.A.'s streets have been bleeding for 40 years. Children here have higher PTSD rates than the children in Baghdad or American soldiers returning home from war. Help us build a memorial to youth killed, incarcerated, disappeared, deported. More info >

Youth and Community-Led Research Adds Power and Credibility

The YJC's RealSearch Project trains youth leaders in the history of traditional research and its often devastating impact on poor people and people of color, challenges participants to develop ethical research standards, and supports us to engage in original research intended to bring real progress to our families and communities. More info >

L.A. - Where the Answer to 'Where You From?' Could Get You Killed

We're refugees from the war on drugs and the war on gangs, from a city that thinks our hall of fame comes with locks and chains. We're from the blocks where white picket fences were replaced decades ago by razor wire and security gates. More info >

Chuco's - Building a Resource for Culture, Creativity and Liberation

Chuco's Justice Center serves as a safe and supportive youth and community space, resource center, and gathering place for organizers, artists, educators and organizations contributing to the growing social justice movement in Los Angeles.  More info >

The Latest

152 Years Ago Today, Frederick Douglass Delivered an Historic Speech on the Meaning of the 4th of July

152 Years Ago Today, Frederick Douglass Delivered an Historic Speech on the Meaning of the 4th of July. "...I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, Link

Please Send SB 190 Letter of Support by Tomorrow 6/15/17 – End Billing of Families for the Time their Child is in the System

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 15) is the last day to get a SB 190 support letter in before next Tuesday's Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing.  Please e-mail in an organizational letter by tomorrow at 5pm.   E-mail us a copy of your letter at so we can also make Link


LOS ANGELES: VOTE NO ON CHARTER AMENDMENT C TOMORROW, TUESDAY MAY 16!!   Charter Amendment C - if passed - will change the Los Angeles City Charter to allow LAPD officers who the Chief has found to have engaged in misconduct - including corruption, excessive use of force, sexual Link

Support 10 Youth Justice California Bills this Spring!

The Youth Justice Coalition recommends supporting these TEN Youth Justice Bills that California legislators have the ability to pass into law this Link

Friday May 12th: Speak Up When You’re Down Family Festival

Speak Up When You're Down Family Festival! This Friday, May 12 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Chuco's Justice Center. Celebrating a Community of Support for New and Expecting Mothers of Color and Their Families! Featuring Arts & Crafts, Manicures, Dinner, Family Photos, Massages, Face Painting Link


JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT THE Youth Justice Coalition! 1. Organizer - LA FOR YOUTH CAMPAIGN (PT - 20 hours/week) Mobilize youth impacted by school push-put and/or court, families of youth in the system, and people returning home from juvenile halls, Probation camps, jails and prisons to lead Link

FREE Immigration legal Clinic Saturday, 5/6/17 at Cal State LA

FREE LEGAL CLINIC Immigration, Deportation, Detention this Saturday, May 6th from 9:00AM-1:00PM at California State University, Los Angeles Student Union Building! Hosted by ICE Out of L.A. and Youth Justice Link

Call CA Senate Today to Pass SB 439 – End Juvenile Court Prosecution and Incarceration for Youth Under Age 12

Please Call the State Senate DURING BUSINESS HOURS and Urge them to VOTE YES for SB 439 IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES. YOUR CALLS CAN HELP ESTABLISH A MINIMUM AGE OF 12 for when youth can be charged with a crime, processed through the juvenile court system, and deteined or incarcerated. Link

Please Send AB 1308 Letter of Support by Today – Fairer Sentencing for Youth Through Age 25

Today (April 20) is the last day to get a letter in for AB 1308 before next Tuesday's Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing. Please send an organizational letter to support fairer sentencing for youth through age 25 across California.   E-mail your letter to Link

Please Send AB 1469 Letter of Support by Tomorrow-Student Transportation

Tomorrow (April 20) is the last day to get a letter in for AB 1469 before next Wednesday's Assembly Education Committee hearing. Please send an organizational letter to support free transportation for low-income students across California and end much of the criminalization, stops and searches Link