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Voices of Justice
Youth Fellowship Program

The Voices of Justice Youth Fellowship is a leadership program for justice-involved youth ages 16-21. Our fellowship provides the tools, resources, and mentorship to turn personal experiences into powerful advocacy for change.

About the Fellowship

The Voices of Justice Fellowship Program for justice-involved youth offers an opportunity to create lasting change. Through tailored mentorship, comprehensive support, and leadership-focused initiatives, this program amplifies the voices of young individuals navigating the complexities of the juvenile justice system. It provides a platform for self-expression, personal growth, and community engagement. The program aims to amplify youth voices, promote equity, and pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

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Why Apply?

  • Leadership Development: Gain essential skills in public speaking, project management, and advocacy through comprehensive workshops and training sessions.

  • Mentorship: Receive one-on-one guidance from experienced advocates passionate about justice reform.

  • Community Impact: Implement a community project that addresses a local issue, making a tangible difference in the lives of others.

  • Financial Support: You can receive a stipend of up to $500 to support your project and $1,500 for personal development.

  • Networking: Connect with a network of justice reform organizations and like-minded peers who share your commitment to social change.

  • Recognition: Be publicly acknowledged for your efforts and receive a certificate of completion upon the successful conclusion of the fellowship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 16-21 years old.

  • Previous or current involvement in the justice system. Note: We value your privacy. You will not be asked to share the circumstances leading to juvenile court involvement.

  • A demonstrated dedication to community service and social justice.

Complete our online application here.​

What will be on the application? You will be asked to share about yourself and why you are interested in the fellowship and highlight past community service activities or leadership roles. We ask that you provide two letters of recommendation. These letters should come from someone who knows you well. This can include family, teachers, counselors, coaches, peers, etc. The letters should speak to how you will benefit from the program, your strengths, and what you can bring to the fellowship.

Application & Selection Process:

  • Deadline: Submit your completed application by July 31, 2024.

  • Review: Our selection committee will review all applications.

  • Notification: Fellows will be notified of their acceptance by August 15, 2024.

  • The first meeting will be held in person on Saturday, September 21, 2024.

Are you ready to make a difference? Apply now and become a part of the Voices of Justice Youth Fellowship. Together, we can transform your experiences into powerful advocacy and drive meaningful change in your community.

For more information or questions, please contact Denita Dorsey at ddorsey@miyouthjustice.org.

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