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Our Team's Vision
Youth Council envisions a world where young people thrive and everything is possible when we invest in education, not incarceration. We believe, with proper support, all young people can participate meaningfully in decision-making.
The Issue and Our Current Campaign
Right now, too many youth, especially Black and Brown youth, are impacted by a criminal justice system that targets them disproportionately. Youth are directly impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline, yet they do not have a voice or the power to change the system.
Youth Council’s goal is to dismantle institutional policies designed to criminalize and incarcerate youth. By giving youth the voice and power to change these policies, they can lead juvenile justice reform and end the school to prison pipeline.
Our short-term goal is to place a measure on the 2020 election ballot to replace the current Community Review Board on Police Practices with an independent Commission. Our long-term goal is to create an independent, community-led commission on police practices with two youth seats that has the power to increase accountability and transparency in policing.
In 2018, our Youth Council joined Women Occupy San Diego, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, and San Diegans for Justice to build community power for this proposal. Our friends, families, and neighbors are harassed, abused, and even killed by the police. We are glad our City Council voted to place the measure on the November 2020 ballot. San Diegans will be able to vote for Measure B this November in order to establish an independent, community-led commission on police practices.
Click here to learn how you can support Measure B: establishment an independent, community-led commission on Police Practices
Our Past Campaign
We launched the City Heights Skatepark campaign in 2011 to address the need for safe spaces for youth to exercise and engage in recreation in our own community. Park de la Cruz opened to the community in 2018.
Who Should Join the Team?
High school students who want to be a part of changing their community for the better.
Interpretation and childcare services are provided at meetings upon request. Languages available for interpretation include Spanish, Somali, Karenni, Burmese, and Vietnamese. If you speak another language, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we'll do our best to find an interpreter in a timely manner. Please contact us below with any interpretation and/or childcare requests.