L.A. for Youth Campaign Needs Your Attention
The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) has launched a new website and campaign located at www.laforyouth.org. We’ve all heard the saying “the youth are our future” and “knowledge is power”, this campaign attempts to put words into action to improve the livelihood of our youth in Los Angeles. If Los Angeles redirected just 1% of its $10 Billion Dollar Prison and Lock-up budget towards this campaigns goal, approximately $100 Million Dollars per year would be available for spending on the growth and development of our city’s youth.
What would $100,000,000 (100 Million) per year achieve?
According to the YJC
- 25,000 jobs for youth.
- 50 Youth Centers open year round and on weekends.
- 500 full-time Peace Builders (approx. 10 per center).
- Creation of a Youth Development Department (YDD).
* We propose YDD take over juvenile probation to facilitate juvenile re-entry to our communities.
You can read more details on the L.A. for Youth homepage and on the L.A. for Youth Concert & Rally page held on May 27th. If you missed the Concert and Rally, you can still get involved and make things better for the next generation. We invite you to Join the Campaign and spread the word. Donations are not necessary but always welcome.
Remember that we are asking Los Angeles for a permanent 1% budget modification that would be geared towards prevention of criminality in the one of the nations most at risk group for incarceration. To put that in perspective, we are asking that $1 out of every $100 currently being spent on an overcrowded prison system to be redirected to the next generation in order to keep them out of prison in the first place. Out of the $100 already being spent on this huge public safety concern, $99 would still be available to the prison system.
A successful campaign and the ensuing program would ease prison overcrowding as the constant influx of new prisoners is slowed by a more educated and peaceful youth population. As existing offenders with short to mid term sentences are released into a more peaceful community were violence is no longer the norm, violence and criminality would no longer seem necessary to servive. the city would be able to better utilize the remaining budget for better rehabilitation of offenders facing prison longer terms.
Join the Campaign and help improve L.A.’s legacy for future generations.