Positive Youth Justice Initiative
We launched our Positive Youth Justice Initiative in 2012 to improve the outcomes of young people with a history in the child welfare system and now engaged in the juvenile justice system, often referred to as crossover youth. Data shows that crossover youth experience extremely poor outcomes when they age out of these systems, including contact with the criminal justice system, high use of mental health services and low educational attainment.
Through a competitive application process, six counties have been selected as partners in the Positive Youth Justice Initiative. Learn more.
These counties received $75,000 grants for a 12-month planning phase. Four of these counties will receive $400,000 for a 24-month implementation phase.
Rethinking Juvenile Justice: Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Crossover Youth, an article published in GIH Bulletin
Grantmakers In Health published an article about the Positive Youth Justice Initiative in the Sept. 17, 2012, issue of its online GIH Bulletin. Written by Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet Hewitt and Senior Program Officer Matt Cervantes, the article appeared in the publication's Views from the Field section.
Commissioned by Sierra Health Foundation and written by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, this policy report provides a historical account of California's juvenile justice system that illustrates the origins of today's issues, and provides a direction for establishing a model 21st century juvenile justice system designed to improve outcomes for youth, their families and caregivers. Download the report (PDF)
We would like to acknowledge The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation, our funding partners for the Positive Youth Justice Initiative.