Youth Fighting 4 Justice Mixtape!

Earlier this year, youth artists from Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee were discussing similarities in the hell they catch from the police, courts, and even public school systems. They decided to use their art and voices as a tool for change and collaborated on a free, spoken word and Hip Hop mixtape release entitled “Youth Fighting 4 Justice”. The original songs tell true stories about young adults going through the justice system, being affected by the police state and the need for creative community alternatives. “Youth Fighting 4 Justice” Mixtape, Vol 1 features a compilation of previously unreleased tracks by some of the Midwest’s most impactful youth and family servicing agencies that actively use creative arts to engage youth in social justice and community building including Chicago based organizations Kuumba Lynx, Elephant Rebellion and Free Write Literacy. The project also includes Milwaukee based program TRUE Skool and Detroit based organization Emergence Media. Sheldan Wilbon, a multi-skilled vocalist, dancer, producer and DJ from TRUE Skool further explains the effort. “For me, this Mixtape is about balance. It’s about calling out what is wrong and also building up what is right. Projects like this mixtape bring joy to our communities and performances like the one we will do Saturday night bring everyone a sense of peace and positive energy. More Youth Fighting 4 Justice mixtape installments are already in the works.” Check out the next CJNY Newsletter for more including interviews with the young artists and check out the mixtape here: Youthfighting4justice.org     ...

Check out our 2016 End of Year Newsletter!

2016 has been a busy year for us at CJNY! Check out our End of Year Newsletter to keep up with just some of what we have been working on including: The Julie Through the System App An update on the Combahee Alliance CJNY’s Evidence Based Practices (EBP) Project A frontline report from Youth Justice Milwaukee and more! Download the Newsletter Here...

National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color releases #BLM Commitments & Call To Action

The National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color has released a statement in the wake of recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.  The full statement may be found here, and is included, in full below.   Opening Statement: The National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color was born in response to the My Brother’s Keeper initiative launched in 2014. We bring together five networks of youth organizing groups to amplify the voices of young men of color and support young people organizing to address systemic inequality. However, our organizing roots started many, many years before that born in response to many of our youth of color have so often been the target of state violence, especially those living in low-income communities that have so often been the target of public divestment except when it comes to our policing.    As many of you, we were retraumatized by the horror of watching the recorded murder of Alton Sterling, only to feel this deepen with the live Facebook streaming of Philando Castile’s murder a few hours later. Our hearts are heavy for Quinyetta McMillan and Cameron Sterling, and for Diamond Reynolds and the Castile family.   Many of our members have already released respective statements. However, after taking time to reflect internally and as a collective, our Organizing Council wanted to release this public statement of commitments and calls to action: Acknowledge the Moment: We explicitly and unapologetically name our rage, our pain, our trauma, our fear, and ourstruggle as well as our resilience, our sacredness, our healing, our power, and our love In the spirit of our ancestor, Fannie Lou Hamer : “We are sick and tired of being...

Now Hiring Software Engineer for Development of Justice System 101 Training App

“Julie Through The System” Full Stack Software Engineer We are offering a short term contract, via a bidding process, to a motivated, innovative, and versatile individual, willing to work diligently to help us develop an app based on our Julie Through The System (JTTS) curriculum. The ideal consultant will also have a passion for racial justice and youth justice reform.   The Organization: The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) is a national non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to protect and improve the lives of youth and adults of color and the well-being of their communities by ensuring fairness and equity throughout the justice system. BI uses a data-driven and collaborative approach to reducing racial and ethnic disparities by working with justice and community stakeholders to develop community alternatives to justice system involvement. Additionally, through the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), BI supports communities in building capacity to hold child serving systems accountable and reduce the inappropriate use of the youth justice system for youth misbehavior. BI has worked in over 100 sites nationwide. CJNY is a national network of 130 community based organizations working to improve the lives of system involved youth of color. CJNY staff serve these organizations through a variety of programs as well as work to integrate community stakeholders into juvenile justice reform efforts. CJNY includes 7 local “task forces” across the country. These Task Forces are comprised of CJNY member organizations organizing together to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice systems. About the Contract Position: Over 50,000 youths will enter the juvenile justice system this year, the vast majority...

CJNY Will Hire a New Network Organizer in March 2016

The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) is a national non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to protect and improve the lives of youth and adults of color and the well-being of their communities by ensuring fairness and equity throughout the justice system. We are hiring a motivated, innovative, and versatile individual willing to work diligently to help us dismantle structural racism and promote equity in the youth and adult justice system. BI uses a data-driven and collaborative approach to reducing racial and ethnic disparities by working with justice and community stakeholders to develop community alternatives to justice system involvement. Additionally, through the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), BI supports communities in building capacity to hold child serving systems accountable and reduce the inappropriate use of the youth justice system for youth misbehavior. BI has worked in over 100 sites nationwide. CJNY is a national network of 130 community based organizations working to improve the lives of system involved youth of color. CJNY staff serve these organizations through a variety of programs as well as work to integrate community stakeholders into juvenile justice reform efforts. CJNY includes 7 local “task forces” across the country. These Task Forces are comprised of CJNY member organizations organizing together to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice systems. The CJNY Network Organizer will have a specific focus on supporting CJNY Task Forces and will need to possess skills in community organizing. The ideal candidate will also have skills in youth development, facilitation, public speaking, event planning and systems reform. Job Description The CJNY Network Organizer is expected to work in...