Youth in Action
We care about young people, we care about our future, and we care about making Pennsylvania a better place for all young people.
What we believe
We believe all youth should be treated as youth
We believe in leading with youth voices
We believe that Pennsylvania should provide young people with care
We believe that care means giving us the help we need
We believe in restorative and transformative Justice
We believe that incarceration does more harm than good
We believe incarceration is giving up!
What we deserve
We deserve more opportunities to live full and healthy lives
We deserve a chance to make mistakes and opportunities to get it right
We deserve better options than out-of-home placement and incarceration
We deserve restoration that doesn’t strip us of safety and security (physically and emotionally)
We deserve equity in response to systemic injustices along the lines of race, class, gender, orientation, ability, etc.
What we imagine
We imagine a Pennsylvania where youth are cared for and supported
We imagine safe places full of joy, where children can be children again
We imagine all young people in the juvenile justice system having an “instant support team,” who can provide care, safety, and security for them
We imagine our neighborhoods filled with the resources and supports to make incarceration obsolete
Pennsylvania Student Union
Eastern State Penitentiary