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Youth Bill of Rights
The Youth Bill of Rights is informed by the needs, desires, and ideas of BSS youth leaders and their communities. This is our vision for justice, safety, and _ for youth of color across Los Angeles County.
Decriminalization Now! is focused on reducing and eliminating youth contact with the justice system and police and promoting alternatives to policing in our communities.
Eliminate contact between law enforcement and communities of color (i.e. traffic stops, youth arrests, etc)
Implementation of restorative/transformative justice frameworks in all youth serving entities
Fund Youth Futures
Fund Youth Futures seeks to increase investments in the livelihood of young people and their positive health outcomes. This includes increased investments in mental health, youth development, housing, jobs and employment, and divesting from harmful systems such as law enforcement and policing.
Incorporate youth voice in budget decisions implicating them and their communities.
Earmark funds to secure material resources for youth, including free public transportation, jobs, and technology
The People’s Education, calls for policies and practices that seek to transform education in Los Angeles County. This includes changing curriculum, establishing youth as decision-makers, and ending inequities in access to resources.
Smaller student-to-counselor, student-to-teacher, and student-to-nurse ratios to ensure more meaningful and regular access.
Required coursework that includes more full and accurate portrayals of human history that centers the experiences and cultures of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
BSS youth leaders meet weekly for political education, to prepare for facilitations and speaking opportunities, and creatively use data from the BSS survey to tell their stories and advocate for their communities.
Movement Building & Outreach Committee
Guide consciousness raising and outreach efforts to organizations and the community.