October is Youth Justice Action Month.
YJAM began in 2008 as Youth Justice Awareness Month, when a grieving mother, Tracy McClard, sought meaningful system reform after her teenage son, Jonathan, died by suicide while locked in solitary confinement in an adult jail.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) joins our partners to raise awareness and educate the public about the impact of the justice system on children. President Joseph Biden has issued a proclamation making October National Youth Justice Action Month. During this time activist and advocates host virtual and in person events to educate others on the impact of the justice system on youth across the nation.
The Department of Justice has released the following tools and resources to help you learn more about and spread awareness of Youth Justice Action month.
Check it out HERE