Twelve Named to Casey's Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council

Posted May 3, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Members of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has select­ed 12 young peo­ple from across the coun­try as mem­bers of its 201921 Juve­nile Jus­tice Youth Advi­so­ry Council.

Since launch­ing in 2015, the coun­cil and its mem­bers have con­tributed to some of the tough­est dis­cus­sions in the juve­nile jus­tice field. Par­tic­i­pants lever­age their own expe­ri­ences — such as involve­ment in pro­ba­tion, deten­tion, res­i­den­tial place­ment, incar­cer­a­tion or after­care — to devel­op rec­om­men­da­tions that strength­en the Casey Foundation’s work.

The part­ner­ship between the Foun­da­tion and the coun­cil is most suc­cess­ful when we cre­ate an authen­tic space for young peo­ple to bring their whole selves into the expe­ri­ence, mak­ing their devel­op­ment as much a pri­or­i­ty as our inter­est in enhanc­ing our work,” says Zainab Farhat, a pro­gram asso­ciate with Casey’s Juve­nile Jus­tice Strat­e­gy Group. The 201921 cohort is ener­getic and ambi­tious and will col­lec­tive­ly take Casey’s nation­al reform work to new levels.”

As emerg­ing lead­ers in jus­tice reform, the coun­cil mem­bers will receive guid­ance and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment to sup­port their career goals. They will also speak at forums, serve on state advi­so­ry groups and join advo­ca­cy cam­paigns — all while com­plet­ing a group project of their choos­ing that advances the youth jus­tice field.

The coun­cil has helped me grow per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly,” says Dan Ayotte, a sec­ond-term coun­cil mem­ber. Being part of the coun­cil has con­nect­ed me with peo­ple that have a lot of expe­ri­ence with areas I am high­ly pas­sion­ate about, such as start­ing my own youth orga­ni­za­tion and moti­va­tion­al speak­ing group.”

The new mem­bers — all between the ages of 19 and 25 — are inter­est­ed in a range of reform areas, including:

  • increas­ing the use of diversion;
  • build­ing resources with­in com­mu­ni­ties to offer more young peo­ple pos­i­tive role mod­els and oppor­tu­ni­ties; and
  • pros­e­cut­ing few­er young peo­ple as adults.

Ayotte is one of three mem­bers serv­ing a sec­ond term, which helps brings con­ti­nu­ity to the coun­cil. In addi­tion — and in a nov­el effort to broad­en the group’s reach — two mem­bers are also rep­re­sent­ing the local youth coun­cils in their home jurisdictions.

The mem­bers of the 201921 Youth Advi­so­ry Coun­cil are:

Dan Ayotte
Boston, Massachusetts

Alyssa Beck
Jack­sonville, Florida

Arjun Bin­ning
Philadel­phia, Pennsylvania

Ine­sha Briggs
Uti­ca, New York

Jaclyn Cirin­na
Salem, Massachusetts

Jar­rell Daniels
New York, New York

Amiyah Davis (rep­re­sent­ing Youth Action Michigan)
Ypsi­lan­ti, Michigan

Der­rell Frazier
Bal­ti­more, Maryland

Miguel Gar­cia
Fres­no, California

Iliana Pujols
Bridge­port, Connecticut

Tris­tan Slough
Nashville, Tennessee

Mir­a­cle Teo (rep­re­sent­ing the San­ta Clara Coun­ty Youth Advi­so­ry Council)
Mor­gan Hill, California

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