My Brother’s Keeper Youth Development Summit
Liberty Hill recently teamed up with the Los Angeles County Division of Youth Diversion and Development and the Los Angeles County My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and other funders and county partners, to host the first Los Angeles County Youth Development Summit.
This event brought together more than 500 individuals, including elected officials, nonprofit leaders, researchers and youth to discuss solutions and strategies for creating the largest youth development and pre-arrest diversion system in the country. The two-day summit also featured insights from community leaders and highlighted the voices of youth in the movement who are fighting for change.
“It was a great experience. I’m formerly incarcerated and I like to share my perspective because I feel it’s needed in this discussion,” said Justus Jones, of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN). “What I really hope people take away from today is humbleness, consistency, understanding and empathy. I especially hope for empathy as we continue this work.”
The movement to build the country’s largest youth development system is picking up steam across the County, and convening events like these help unite the multiple stakeholders on the frontlines and keep the momentum going.
Thanks to all of the dedicated community partners who made this event possible.
Through their input and our robust partnerships, we were able to center youth and their concerns, discuss solutions to build a more just and equitable future in our county, and strategize about ways we can move L.A. County from a system of punishment to prevention.
This event would not have been possible without the leadership of the County Division of Youth Diversion and Development. In collaboration with the following partners: L.A. County My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, Center for Strategic Partnerships, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Obama Foundation/MBK Alliance, California Community Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, Ralph M Parsons Foundation, Southern California Grantmakers, Youth Justice Coalition, Urban Peace Institute, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Children’s Defense Fund, Inner City Struggle, Community Coalition, Khmer Girls in Action, Brotherhood Crusade, Social Justice Learning Institute, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network and Leaders Up.
We are already hard at work expanding the program to reach more L.A. based nonprofit organizations. Stay tuned to learn more about the new cohort launching January 2020!