While school and juvenile justice impact all youth, certain populations are disproportionately impacted. In this section, you’ll find data and resources for advocating for youth of color, youth who identify as LGBTQ, and youth with disabilities. These populations must be considered in reforming school and juvenile justice policies.

  • Examine local data to identify disparate impacts – then ask “why?” and look for contributing factors and potential solutions at each stage of the process.

Nothing About Us Without Us

In advocating for other communities, make sure to listen first.

  • Host a forum for impacted youth, families and communities to share their experiences with local decisionmakers.
  • Support local advocacy groups representing impacted communities.

Click on a link below to learn more about how the juvenile justice system disproportionately affects marginalized communities. 

  1. LGBTQ youth
  2. Youth of Color
  3. Youth with Disabilities