Building Bridges to Transformation
Earlier this month, Liberty Hill partnered with the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color (CFBMoC) Southern California Regional Action Committee to host the “Building Bridges to Transformation” conversation on the future of youth justice and youth development in L.A. County.
Policy, government, and community leaders—including L.A. County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, L.A. City Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez, and CA State Assemblymember Isaac Bryan—came out to speak on the work being done to end youth incarceration as we know it and strategize on ways to invest in restorative, community-based solutions that promote safety and well-being for boys and men of color.
Guests also heard from representatives from the California Office of Youth & Community Restoration and the Los Angeles County Department of Youth Development on the state of youth development in L.A.
Liberty Hill community partner organizations Children’s Defense Fund - CA and Youth Justice Coalition also joined in on the conversation, sharing their reflections and perspectives on real solutions to transforming the youth justice system.
“The event aimed to engage a diverse range of participants working in Los Angeles County, reflecting various facets of youth justice and youth development issues,” said Julio Marcial, Liberty Hill Senior Vice President of Programs. “We brought together elected officials, foundation representatives, individual donors, researchers, community organizers, advocates and youth with the main purpose of fostering connections, building relationships, and uncovering shared areas of commonality among attendees."
As the work continues in the fight for youth justice for boys and men of color, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan emphasized, “Stay organized, stay active, stay engaged.”