October is National Youth Justice Action Month and NFYI recognizes this month as an opportunity to continue to push forward our work with current and former foster youth to ensure no more #LostDays for young people who are incarcerated or on probation. To spur action and involvement we’d like to invite you to join our 3rd annual race weekend from October 6-8, 2023 for our Virtual 5K which will take place over the course of the three-day weekend. All proceeds go towards continuing our work across the country to stop the foster care-to-prison pipeline that continues to cripple current and former foster youth from pursuing healthy lives and prosperous careers. To participate, simply make a donation to our #LostDaysJJ campaign of any size and then run/walk/roll five kilometers in your community during our race weekend!
Help us stop the unfair criminalization of foster youth by registering now to participate in the #NFYI5K.
Facts about Incarceration of Foster Youth:
Did you know 90% of foster children will come into contact with the juvenile justice system before leaving child welfare?
It’s estimated that a quarter of former foster youth will be involved with the criminal justice system within two years of transitioning out of child welfare.
Sixty percent of all child sex trafficking victims have histories in the child welfare system and are often criminalized when what they need are support services.
Police may be called upon to deal with a child struggling with a mental health need and officers may not have the training to handle the situation appropriately.
NFYI works to advocate for current and former foster youth on the issue of juvenile justice. Our advocacy is spurred by our Juvenile Justice Think Tank, which was created as a response to President Joe Biden’s juvenile justice policy plans and to document why youth within the child welfare system become justice-involved. It also looks at how much time they spend wrongly in juvenile justice facilities. The Juvenile Justice Think Tank, is composed of members and staff who have experience in both foster care and the juvenile justice system. Today there are 400,000 children in foster care. And this year, 20,000 young adults will age out of the system with little to no support. We need your assistance to continue to help fund our advocacy training and workshops, help our young people travel to congressional briefings and town halls, craft policy recommendations, and to continue to uplift and amplify #FosterYouthVoices.
Anytime between October 6th and 8th, do a 5K in your local community. Feel free to run, walk, roll, or stroll. Be sure to take photos and/or video and post them on social media using #FosterYouth5K and be sure to tag @NFYInstitute. We’ll be sharing your moments! For current and former foster youth impacted by the juvenile justice system we’d like to have you also use the hashtag #LostDaysJJ on social media.