About Us

Mission: The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a statewide advocacy organization working to ensure justice for children and young adults in Illinois. We advocate to reduce reliance on incarceration, enhance fairness for all youth and develop a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state.

The Juvenile Justice Initiative works to achieve concrete improvements and lasting changes for youth in the justice systemWe collaborate with other organizations, advocacy groups, concerned people, and state and local government entities throughout Illinois to ensure that fairness and competency development are priorities for youth in the justice system.

Our statewide policy approach to juvenile justice advocacy links:

  • research and analysis
  • policy development
  • network and coalition building
  • policy education
  • policy advocacy
  • policy evaluation
  • implementation assistance 

in an atmosphere of collaboration.

All of our work is made possible thanks to private individual donations and the following foundations:

  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Chicago Community Trust
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Public Welfare Foundation
  • Woods Fund of Chicago
  • The Field Foundation of Illinois