St. Davids, PA, January 31, 2014: The Center for Urban Youth Development at Eastern University will host a youth justice forum, Ways to Advocate for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, on Friday, February 21, from 6:30-9 PM. This educational and practical forum will feature the Juvenile Law Centerâ€™s Juveniles for Justice and Catherine Moffa, Associate for Youth Engagement. It will be held at the Eastern University Falls Center site, 3300 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129.
All youth/young adult panelists have been in the juvenile justice system and will briefly share their experience, discuss their current advocacy work, and engage the audience on ways they can advocate for youth in the system. Refreshments (at 6:30 PM), resources, and prizes will be offered. Attendees will leave with practical tools and tasks for advocacy. This event is free to the general public (registration required) and is expected to draw educators, youth justice advocates, concerned citizens, college and graduate students, and concerned high school students.Â
How to register for Ways to Advocate for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System:
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave your name, e-mail address, age range (adult or high school student), and name of any organization you may represent.Â
This much-needed forum is made possible with the services of the Juvenile Law Center, the oldest nonprofit, public interest law firm for children in the United States. Â It has become a national advocate for childrenâ€™s rights, working across the country to enforce and promote the rights and well-being of children who come into contact with the justice, child welfare and other public systems.
Dr. Kimberlee Johnson, Director of Eastern Universityâ€™s Center for Urban Youth Development, and Director of the MA in Urban Studies program, is coordinating this event along with her planning team. It is made possible through co-sponsors Evangelicals for Social Action, Dr. Paul Alexander and Dr. Al Tizon, co-presidents; and Bible Way Baptist Church, Dr. Damone B. Jones, Sr., Pastor. Both ESA and Bible Way are known for their commitment to social justice.
Eastern University is a Christian university with about 4,300 students that is committed to faith, reason and justice in all of its undergraduate, graduate, urban, professional, Seminary, doctoral and international programs.