In a recent blog post, OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan discusses opening up opportunities for system-involved youth, one of three priorities that guide OJJDP's work. This is the last of three blog posts from Administrator Ryan during National Youth Justice Action Month, an annual observance to raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of young people impacted by the juvenile justice system.
"We can and must offer youth who encounter the juvenile justice system the guidance and opportunities they need to move forward in life: to find confidence, achieve success, and grow into independent, contributing citizens."
The blog post details some of the reentry challenges faced by justice system-involved youth and highlights OJJDP’s Second Chance Act Program, which provide these youth with support. Administrator Ryan also emphasizes her commitment to continue to meet with youth and families impacted by the justice system, to learn about their experiences, their needs, and the opportunity gaps they have encountered.