Young Leaders for Justice

"The YLJ workshops have been crucial to me as an activist and as a person living in Chicago. It has made the city and the history of its people particularly black people, very intimate to my own sense of self and convictions on justice. The workshops not only teach us how to be more efficient, erudite activists of color, but teach us how to take care of ourselves, how to take to take up space, how to 'be okay' in our bodies. THe workshops have been holistic and healing and I always leave feeling full with a knowing that I am learning and becoming the kind of human being I need to be."

-YLJ participant 2015

Founded in 2015, YLJ is a comprehensive citywide leadership development program that annually prepares 15 emerging leaders of color ages 16 to 24 to combat the criminalization of young people.  Though over 40 hours of workshops and trainings, YLJ equips participants with essential organizing skills, analysis and leadership development in order to take action

Workshops include 

  • History of mass incarceration
  • Issues in the juvenile justice system
  • Restorative and transformative justice practices
  • Healing justice
  • Grassroots fundraising
  • Community Organizing


 applications for the Fall 2016 Young Leaders for Justice cohort are closed

Application Due Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

Acceptance notification: By October 10, 2016

Program Dates: Saturdays November 5, 12 and 19th from 10am to 4pm at CFS

Participants receive a $50 stipend for participating in all 3 workshops. Food and supplies are also provided. CTA passes can be provided if needed.