On this page, you will find information on Raise the Age, our YouTube Playlist of Action, a petition, as well as an opportunity to share images and tell your legislator that it’s time to Raise the Age! You can also learn more about the effort and Raise the Age coalition at raisetheagenc.org.

Now that Raise the Age has passed, use our toolkit to hold our government accountable to proper implementation.
Download the toolkit here.


In 2017, North Carolina legislators included #RaiseTheAge legislation in the budget for implementation in 2019. We are no longer the last state in the nation to charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

The Youth Justice Project will continue to educate impacted communities about the Raise the Age legislation, know-your-rights, and opportunities/challenges still facing our youth. Children ages 16- and 17-year-olds can still be charged as adults in 2017 and 2018.

When youth end up in adult court, there is limited access to rehabilitative programming, mentoring, counseling, and education.

Evidence shows that the juvenile system – with programs tailored to how children think and learn – is more effective at rehabilitating youth. Fewer then go on to commit another crime, which means lower costs to society and more children growing up to become educated, employed citizens.

For more information on this major victory win, check out these news stories:

NC becomes last state to ‘raise the age’ of teens in court (News & Observer)

North Carolina becomes last state to ‘raise the age’, won’t try 16-year-olds as adults (WCNC)

Lawmakers announce agreement to ‘Raise the Age’ in final budget beginning December 2019 (NC Policy Watch)

The Youth Justice Project supports the effort to Raise the Age by doing the following:

  • Conducting community education and presentations
  • Participating in statewide and national Raise the Age coalitions
  • Educating and talking with policymakers
  • Advocating at public hearings, forums, and meetings statewide
  • Organizing local support
  • Gathering signatures for the Raise the Age petition (If you would like to sign the petition, click here.)

For more information on how to get involved, visit raisetheagenc.org.