Part 1: Juvenile Justice: From the Youth’s Perspective

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Part 1: Juvenile Justice: From the Youth’s Perspective

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 12:00pm


Presented by: Aazia-Marie

Participants will hear directly from youth who have lived experience in the juvenile justice system. Led by Aazia Marie Ross, youth will talk about the importance of having a voice at the table when stakeholders are talking system reform. Stakeholders will learn strategies on how to engage youth and why the youth perspective can lead to impactful change.


Aazia-Marie is a Youth Justice Advocate and Creative in St. Paul, MN. As a Youth Justice Advocate, Aazia-Marie focuses on ending youth incarceration and creating effective alternative programs, probation transformation, law enforcement reform and community peace enforcement. Her creative forms include writing, painting, graphic design, and photography. Many of her pieces are personal and created for the joy and therapeutic benefits the arts bring. But most of her pieces are created with the hope to inspire and ignite connections amongst her viewers. She often notes James Baldwin, “The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.” Currently, Aazia-Marie sits on Minnesota's Governor-appointed State Advisory Group and partners with organizations that align with her focuses. She is also an alum of Annie E. Casey’s Youth Advisory Council, Coalition of Juvenile Justice’ Emerging Leaders Committee as well as former chair of Dakota County's Youth Advisory Council.



Made possible, in part by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.