CTJJA has successfully enlisted a team of five young and ambitious individuals who have a passion for progressing the youth in the community. Each advisor also has direct connections to their communities because of their heavy presence in the grassroots realm. They have each been personally impacted by the justice system.
The Justice Advisors are developing their organizing and advocacy skills and learning about public policy so they can be effective voices influencing how the juvenile justice system is planned, implemented and evaluated. The Justice Advisors aren’t satisfied to rely on their own experiences. They partnering with other organizations to lend a listening ear to young people and family members going through the system right now so that their voices are amplified.
Right now, the Justice Advisors are most active in Bridgeport as their movement is just getting started. The goal is to have Justice Advisors working, listening, and amplifying across the state.
Our current team of exemplary Justice Advisers include the following young people:
- Aquil Crooks
- Shamare Holmes
- Shaneese Pettway
- Iliana Pujols
- Yancy Singleton