Youth & Transformative Justice

Our Youth & Transformative Justice program seeks to shift power from punishment systems to people impacted by mass criminalization.


Transformative Justice at Liberty Hill

The scale and severity of Los Angeles County’s punishment system is a unique problem unmatched by any other county in the nation. The overreliance on mass incarceration adversely impacts communities of color and families.

To challenge mass criminalization of Black, Brown, Native American and Indigenous peoples, our Youth & Transformative Justice program seeks to shift power from punishment systems to people impacted by mass criminalization, dismantle these systems in Los Angeles County, and work toward reimagined approaches to justice that invest in communities rather than prisons and surveillance

We need a transformative vision of justice. Justice that is actually just.

To meet these goals, the Youth & Transformative Justice program will invest in these key areas:

Transforming the System

Building the power and capacity of grassroots organizations to dismantle punishment systems by investing in the leadership of people who have been directly impacted.

Protecting Vulnerable Populations

Fighting to end the incarceration of girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming youth by building stronger, safer, and more equitable communities where they are no longer criminalized for the violence and discrimination they face.

Community Reinvestment

Advancing reimagined approaches to community safety, justice, and accountability that are not rooted in current punishment systems.


Our Youth & Transformative Justice Work

California Funders for Boys & Men of Color

We are proud to be a part of the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color (CFBMoC), a statewide network of leading foundations that are aligning their efforts and resources to improve life outcomes for boys and men of color through systems change.

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Ready to Rise: Helping Youth Learn, Succeed, and Thrive

Ready to Rise is a public/private partnership between Liberty Hill, the California Community Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation that expands opportunities and resources for programs that keep youth out of the criminal justice system and help those in the system successfully transition back into the community.

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Our Kids, Our Future Fund

The Our Kids, Our Future Pooled Fund has raised millions of dollars in support of community organizing, leadership development, capacity building, and the piloting of innovative youth development programs with the goal of shrinking the number of arrests and closing youth jails to free up public funds to invest in youth development for low-income youth of color.

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My Brother's Keeper

Liberty Hill is proud to be one of several Impact Organizations selected by The Obama Foundation to spearhead local efforts here in Los Angeles as part of the My Brother’s Keeper-LA (MBK-LA).

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Brothers, Sons, Selves: Vision 2020 Youth Policy Platform

Developed in 2017, the Vision 2020 Youth Policy Platform compiles relevant research and feedback obtained from ongoing student focus groups, organizational surveys and coalition planning, along with youth leaders’ ambitions to create a more just world for boys and men of color.

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From Pushed Out to Civic Leadership: A Case Study Brief of L.A.’s Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition

Informed by the tactics, principles and analysis of the Brothers, Sons, Selves, Coalition, the case study describes how the Coalition’s approach and key strategies allowed for the policy wins, implementation and replication to improve schools across California.

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Our Impact

Measure J redirecting $100 million in funding toward care not punishment in L.A. County.
new L.A. County Department of Youth Development
half of L.A.’s Youth Jails

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Youth of Color Leading the Way

Ending Youth Incarceration As We Know It


Grassroots Groups We Support

Ensure Equity & Justice for All

Economic and racial Justice is core to our work to make L.A. a more just and equitable place. Join the movement today!