The United States is coming to terms with the deeply harmful legacy of mass incarceration, which has permeated every segment of society, including our youngest members.
Over the last three years, AFF has engaged in deep, thoughtful conversations with policy/advocacy and community organizing partners about what is needed to convert this momentum of growing reform of the youth justice movement into sustainable and long-lasting transformation.
Movement organizations have made it clear that they lack the resources and opportunities to develop long-term strategies that build the capacity necessary to dismantle established systems that overcriminalize youth of color.
The 2020 Vision for Youth Justice Initiative (Visionary Freedom Fund) seeks to ensure that frontline communities have the resources, capacities, supports, infrastructure and relationships they need to develop and implement inspiring long-term strategies to transform the youth justice system.
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
For over five generations, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John E. Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.
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