The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted to advance HB 1381 today, which YSRP hopes will usher in a more humane era of support and care for youth involved in the criminal legal system.
Joanna Visser Adjoian, Co-Director, and Cameron Holmes, Reentry Supervisor, present to Impact100 Philadelphia’s members on June 3, 2019.
YSRP is profoundly grateful to the engaged membership, 398 women strong, of Impact100 Philadelphia that vetted our proposal, visited us in person, and voted in support of our work at their annual meeting on June 3, 2019. Impact100 Philadelphia is a collective giving organization that engages women in philanthropy and supports organizations across the Philadelphia region with high-impact grants.
YSRP is one of three recipients of the $100,000 core mission grant. We are humbled by our company of grantees, all of whom received grants at Impact100 Philadelphia’s annual meeting: Education Law Center, Musicopia, Neighborhood Gardens Trust and Prevention Point Philadelphia.
The grant will support our work to refine and scale our reentry program, which connects youth charged as adults, and adults who were sentenced as children to life without parole (“juvenile lifers”), to structured supports and services. In addition to the case management support we provide, and serving as a resource hub for young people, juvenile lifers, family members, attorneys and mitigation specialists, we will expand our reentry program by:
- Conducting workshops in prisons for juvenile lifers, led by former juvenile lifers, to create dialogue, share information, and create community connections inside and out.
- Leading Multi-generational healing circles, a structured monthly space for former juvenile lifers and youth to connect; heal; collectively problem-solve issues; and identify opportunities for mentorship and advocacy as they navigate their reentry.
We are truly grateful to the members of Impact100 Philadelphia for supporting our critical work over the next two years.