Connecting the dots between experience and research

Explore our brochures and bibliographies posted here to learn more about young women and gender expansive people’s lived experiences and the current research on policies, practices and programs that center their humanity and power. We invite you to to download these resources to use in your work building just and equitable systems.

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Our work is grounded in research and organized around five guiding developmental principles: rights, leadership, self-determination, relationships and identity. See how these principles can help guide us as we work to reimagine systems.

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Our work is grounded in research and organized around five guiding developmental principles: Rights, leadership, self-determination, relationships and identity. See how these principles can help guide us as we work to reimagine systems.

Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Connects Narratives and Experience to Policy.

Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls (Sherman & Balck)

A comprehensive report on girls in the juvenile justice system that underscores deeply rooted, systemic gender injustice. The report’s findings confirm that despite progress in juvenile justice, girls are disproportionately arrested, formally processed, detained, and incarcerated in the juvenile justice system for offenses that pose little or no threat to public safety. The report calls for an end to criminalizing girls’ behavior and an end to girls’ incarceration. It calls for investment in communities, and in trauma-informed, strengths-based, developmentally-appropriate approaches.

RIGHTS: When opportunity and respect are guaranteed, young women are able to reach their full potential.

The Right to an Equitable Education

See how this understanding of rights can help us rethink education.

 

LEADERSHIP: Young women who have lived injustice know how to shape change.

Leadership and Social Justice

Find out how leadership is nurtured through social justice activism.

 

SELF-DETERMINATION: Respecting and acknowledging a young woman’s expertise in her own life allows her to shape her future.

Self-Determination and Safety

Learn how centering self-determination can help safety take on a new meaning.

 

Relationships

A young woman’s chosen family and community are the foundation of her healthy development.

Identity

Embracing a young woman’s varied identities and life experiences honors who she is and what she can become.

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