Former Casey Youth Council Member Amiyah Davis Receives U.S. Presidential Appointment
President Biden has appointed Amiyah Davis, a former member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s youth council, to the federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Through the U.S. Department of Justice, the council advises the president and Congress on how federal juvenile justice programs and other federal programs and activities can be coordinated to better serve young people.
Davis is an advocate for youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. In its nomination announcement, the White House said of her: “[Davis] is blazing a path to impact policy change and the experiences of youth for generations to come, pushing youth-serving professionals to enhance their community-based efforts that prevent youth from system contact altogether.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure that meaningful and authentic youth partnership is a core principle driving federal juvenile justice policy and practice,” says Davis, who as a teenager had direct experience with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. “In my capacity as a council member, I look forward to bringing my philosophy of ‘Nothing about us, without us’ to the table.”
Davis began consulting with the Casey Foundation in 2018 as part of its Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council. Her work with the Foundation built on the youth justice reform efforts she had previously pursued. Working with the youth council exposed Davis to reform-oriented initiatives across the country and opened doors for her to present at national and state conferences.
Her current role at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University grew out of a Foundation grant to enable young professionals affected by the juvenile justice system to gain meaningful experience in the field while being compensated at a competitive rate.
“Amiyah will strengthen the coordinating council with her thoughtfulness about and passion for juvenile justice reform,” says Nate Balis, director of the Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group. “Amiyah has shown us time and again the wisdom and perspective gained from her experience as well as her deep insights into how to transform juvenile justice and child welfare systems.”