Youth Council

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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.

Mid-City CAN's Youth Council joined Women Occupy San Diego, Earl B Gilliam, and San Diegans for Justice back in 2018 to advocate for an independent commission on police practices. The national outcry and local efforts against police violence was a wake-up call for our City Council to act NOW to create systemic changes that uplift and protect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities and hold the police to high standards of accountability. 

In November 2020, 75% of San Diegans voted in favor to establish the Commission on Police Practices, it is now the responsibility of the Mayor and City Council to deliver results on the voters' decision. Our short term goal is to have City Council and the Mayor must fully fund the commission and ensure it is thoroughly functioning by 2022. 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 by 2022. 

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. Youth Council meetings are weekly throughout the school year every Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.