This project is no longer active, but we believe that the outcomes and resources generated through the work are still of value.
What We Work For
We worked to improve outcomes for girls of color in public systems.
Child welfare and juvenile justice systems have historically struggled to support girls of color, often undermining rather than facilitating their ability to thrive. Girls of color who commit minor offenses—also known as “status offenses” which include running away, missing school, and violating curfew—are often seen as social problems. They are punished at levels disproportionate to their relatively minor offenses.
How We Do It
We recognize the power that words have. Our efforts focused on shifting the narrative around negative stereotypes about girls of color who commit status offenses.
Through resources, technical assistance, social good campaigns, and a growing network of invested partners, we worked to create programs and policies that were developmentally centered, trauma-informed, and support the well-being of young women and girls of color involved in various public systems.
Through this work, outcomes of young women and girls of color involved with public systems were improved and policies supporting them were trauma-informed and promoted their well-being.