Join us in the effort to ensure that we hold children accountable for the harm they have caused in ways that reflect their unique status as children and their capacity to change. Here are some ways to get involved:

 

  • Got a skill?
    • Graphic design– Help us create content for social media, materials for events, etc.
    • Videography/video editing– An important part of what we do is lifting up the stories of directly impacted individuals. Creating powerful videos is an effective way to make those stories heard.
    • Photography – We often need a photographer who is willing to take professional photos at our events such as our annual Convening or our Healing & Hope reception.
  • Donate items to our silent auction– Every year at our Healing & Hope reception, we have a silent auction as part of the fundraiser. Supporters have generously donated items such as artwork, signed books, and even stays in vacation homes in the past. Please reach out to James Puzo at jpuzo@fairsentencingofyouth.org.
  • Provide pro-bono services
    • Legal- We work with many attorneys who generously donate their time and expertise to provide representation for people who would otherwise not have that resource.
    • Mental Health- Because of the lack of mental health services in our prisons, many formerly incarcerated individuals experience lasting trauma. If you are a mental health professional and would like to donate your time, please reach out to us.
    • Other services- Think your business might be able to provide a useful service? Chances are we could use your help! We often need printing services, framing services, catering for events, space for hosting events or meetings, etc.
  • Become an ICAN member– If you were incarcerated for a crime committed as a juvenile, consider becoming a part of our Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network. ICAN members work to change the narrative of formerly incarcerated youth and advocate for age-appropriate sentencing for children.
  • Connect with other family members- Do you have a loved one who is serving a life without parole sentence for a crime committed when they were under the age of 18, or are you a family member of a person who died as a result of youth violence? If so, please contact Greg Hamilton at 202-289-4677 or ghamilton@fairsentencingofyouth.org for information about the National Family Network and activities in your state.
  • Become a Professional Coach– We are launching a new professional coaching program where we match formerly incarcerated individuals with working professionals who will work with them on becoming more prepared to succeed in the professional world.
  • Hire formerly incarcerated individuals- When individuals are released after having been in prison since childhood, finding a job is an incredible challenge. Hiring formerly incarcerated individuals gives them a chance to live a successful life outside of prison.
  • Host a party- Because who doesn’t love parties! Many of our supporters have graciously opened their homes and hosted fundraiser parties to benefit the CFSY. These parties are not only a great way to help us network and raise money, but they also spark discussion about this important issue.
  • Donate your frequent flyer miles- Our advocacy team is constantly traveling around the country to speak with policy makers and advocate against harsh sentences for juveniles. If you have frequent flyer miles that you would like to donate to the CFSY, please email mbuchanan@fairsentencingofyouth.org
  • Join our Healing & Hope Host Committee-Join in on our monthly Host Committee planning calls as we collaborate to make Healing & Hope as successful as possible! To join our Host Committee, please contact James Puzo at jpuzo@fairsentencingofyouth.org.
  • Stand up for fair sentencing- Add your name to the map and join hundreds of other advocates in announcing that you believe in fair sentencing. You can also see how many people are serving in your state.
  • Become an official supporter- More than 100 law enforcement, social justice, faith-based and child protection organizations have signed on as official supporters of our Statement of Principles and your organization can join them. Official supporters receive regular news and updates from the Campaign, are listed on our website and outreach literature, and may be contacted by the Campaign to help advance federal state-specific reform efforts. Please email us info@fairsentencingofyouth.org if your organization would like to become an official supporter or if you would like additional information.
  • Get involved with advocacy- We depend on people like you to mobilize support and bring about change at the state level. If you want to get involved in your state, contact us and we will put you in contact with your state-based campaign coordinator.
  • Share your story- If you are a person currently serving or formerly incarcerated, have lost a loved one to youth violence, or have another personal connection to life without parole for youth, we may be interested in sharing your story. Circulating stories helps to humanize the human face of life without parole for kids and show widespread support for just reform. So that we can get to know you a little better, please begin by writing a summary of your connection to the issue through our Contact Us page.
  • Join other former prosecutors and judges- If you are a former prosecutor or judge, support fair sentencing of youth by signing a statement opposing life without parole sentences for youth. Email info@fairsentencingofyouth.org to learn more.
  • Join our email list Stay informed on what is happening in our fight to end harsh sentencing for juveniles. By joining our email list, you will receive our newsletters as well as other important updates on the movement.
  • Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook! Help us highlight the stories of directly impacted people and keep the public informed on this important issue. You can make a difference by doing something as simple as sharing a post.

 

For general inquiries, please contact Megan Buchanan at mbuchanan@fairsentencingofyouth.org