Youth First State Advocacy Fund

Providing financial resources for state-based juvenile justice system reform campaigns

Grantee Cohort Spring 2018, Spring 2020

Location National

Youth First State Advocacy Fund is a pooled donor fund works in parallel with the Youth First Initiative to provide financial resources to state-based advocates running campaigns to transform the juvenile justice system.

The Youth First State Advocacy Fund (YFSAF) will provide grantmaking support to state-based coalitions leading campaigns to dismantle youth prisons, a continuation of its previous work funded by Art for Justice. Based in Washington, D.C., YFSAF is a pooled donor fund working in parallel with fellow grantee partner Youth First Initiative to transform the juvenile justice system. Over its previous grant period, YFSAF granted funds to six state-based campaigns, and successfully closed youth prisons in New Jersey and Connecticut. It is currently funding the development of campaigns in three additional states and doubling down on efforts to close Virginia’s single remaining youth prison after twice deterring state efforts to construct a second facility.