The Youth Justice Program at BRIDGES USA have already led two groups through the training process of becoming a part of Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out for Change. Now that these groups have finished their base training, the Shelby County Sherriff’s Office has granted them permission to go around the city and present their Change Models.
They are now onto new things!
On September 8, 2017, the first two cohorts met once again with Youth Justice so that they could be updated on everything that is going on in the third cohort and to also figure out the direction in which these two graduate cohorts want to go.
The session began with a check-in, where everyone informed the group of their well-being and for the group to offer their strength, sympathy and support.
Following that, the facilitators informed the youth of their partnership with Project Mass Incarceration and how they are committed to being a resource in providing answers to law-related questions and in turning the incarcerated youth’s Change Models into policy recommendations.
Since this group has already developed their Change Models, this session focused on trying to determine a policy focus that could most effectively implement systemic change based on their recommendations.
The youth then identified that being trained in facilitation in order to facilitate workshops for those in other the pods at 201 Poplar and in the detention center at Hope Academy was their main priority.