Decarceration of Girls & Young Women

YWFC recently opened a Center in Oakland but has worked there for the past two years. In partnership with the Akonadi Foundation, YWFC is a key part of a five-year campaign to radically transform the ecosystem in Oakland from one that criminalizes and incarcerates young people to an ecosystem that supports wellness, safety, future success and justice for young people. Sisters on the Rise will be our anchor program in Oakland, serving 30-45 young women and TGNC young people per a year. In Alameda County, YWFC is also working to stop plans to invest $75 million in building a new juvenile justice “camp.” 

Initiatives: 

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  • Oakland Re-Imagine Youth Justice: A five-year campaign to radically transform the ecosystem in Oakland from one that criminalizes and incarcerates young people to an ecosystem and community-based alternative model that supports justice-involved women and TGNC people in reaching their full potential, accessing economic opportunities and becoming agents of change in their own lives, families and communities. 
  • Sisters & Siblings on the Rise: A personal transformation, leadership development, job training and well-paid internship program. Oakland YWFC is now accepting applications for Sister & Siblings on the Rise 2020. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 17, 2020
  • Peer-based Outreach, Advocacy and Crisis Intervention: Peer advocates have been the most successful at finding and engaging the young people in YWFC programming through peer-to-peer referrals, community and street outreach.
  • Freedom Circles: Grounded in self-determination, positive peer relationships and relationships with caring adults, our weekly, two-hour Freedom Circles provide healing and support for young people navigating to stay out of the system. 
  • Self-Determined Life Coaching & Healing: After stabilizing and receiving immediately needed support and services, participants are assigned a life coach to partner in designing a self-determined life plan.
  • Self-Determined Housing & Re-Entry: Support for people re-entering after being incarcerated, including housing support and referrals, systems navigation, job training and placement and technology and life skills after being denied access while inside. In 2020, YWFC will pilot a re-entry housing project in the San Francisco Bay Area. Oakland will specifically pilot an arts, healing and re-entry program.
  • Participatory Defense: In partnership with DeBug, YWFC organizes young people facing sentencing and their families to organize court support and advocacy to reduce sentencing.