Youth Steering Committee

The Youth Justice Project is developing a steering committee in order to amplify the voices of young people in creating policies that directly impact youth and young adults. The first group of committee members will meet in person once a month from September 2017 to June 2018.

The major responsibility of the committee is to advise the Youth Justice Project to ensure we are doing all we can to effectively help young people. Additionally, steering committee members will learn necessary skills for advancing change in their own community such as writing and public speaking skills. Members will also meet with and discuss issues relating to juvenile justice with major stakeholders in Durham, including elected officials, non-profit leaders, and community activists.

The Youth Justice Project welcomes youth of all backgrounds. We are committed to helping young people overcome obstacles to participation such as transportation and flexible meeting times. We strongly encourage all to apply. Upon admittance, we will work with the committee member and family to ensure they can participate fully.


  • 14-21 years old
  • Resident of Durham, North Carolina
  • Directly impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and/or interested in dismantling the pipeline

All participants will receive a small stipend for their participation each month. Participants will also be eligible for support to attend local, state, and national conferences focused on improving the education and juvenile justice systems.

Applications have now closed. Keep a lookout for an announcement about our inaugural cohort!

Any questions? E-mail Kristen Powers at kristen[at]