New Jersey Youth Caucus

The New Jersey Youth Caucus is comprised of youth with emotional and/or behavioral health needs who have prior or current involvement in the juvenile justice system. The purpose of the Caucus is to improve outcomes for system-involved youth through meaningful and authentic youth involvement on all levels of decision making and strengthen the juvenile justice and mental health systems in New Jersey. The Caucus provides a venue for youth to learn and grow, to better understand their unique challenges, inform the juvenile justice and mental health systems, government policy, reduce stigma, increase awareness and improve the overall lives of their families and communities. The Caucus is comprised of youth advisors and leaders and meets monthly.

Ariel Padilla John Ranke Laquan Harris
Brett Sansing Jordan Velez Larry Daniels
Bryant Degraffenreid Jose Rosario Mark Provaca
Dallas Crosby Joseph Berry Matthew Frangos
David Crosby Karlee Frazier Nasir Salaam
Delaney Reimers Kelly Brown Peter Leonce
Delfin Santos-Alvarez Kevin Linares Quamir Hodges
Demitrius Minor Quashon Mayfield Rashad Hawkins
Devante Maloney Ryan Coulson TeAndrea Duhaney
Duvall Ricks II Terence Zimmerman Timothy Heard
Gabriel Adamez Kevin Veliz Travis Lane

If you are interested in joining the group or attending a meeting, please Email us with your information and a Youth Leader will contact you.

Congratulations to two NJPC Youth Coalition Members

Congratulations to two NJPC Youth Coalition Members, Dallas Crosby and Karlee Frazier, who helped to save 90-year-old retired Russian Orthodox priest from his burning home in Netcong house fire. From the reporter: They weren't braggarts by any stretch, very humble. I really feel the kids saved the man's life; I don't think anyone, particularly a 90-year-old man, could have lasted long in the smoke-filled home. Thank God they were there and cared. See front page article at HERE.

New Jersey Youth Coalition Members Meeting with Senator Pou

In January, members of NJPC's New Jersey Youth Coalition and Parents Coalition of Justice-Involved Youth met with Senator Pou in reference to certain reforms in the juvenile justice system(S2003). Both parents and youth worked hard to prepare for this moment for weeks. They are determined to make an impact and continue to work with the legislative community in reference to their upcoming presentations and testimonies.

NJPC Youth Coalition Holds First Basketball Fundraiser

On August 4, NJPC's New Jersey Youth Coalition held their first Basketball Tournament Fundraiser. There were 14 teams of four - 10 youth teams and 4 adult teams, with ages ranging from 11 to 49!

The Basketball Tournament was held in Lake Hopatcong, NJ and there were about 50 fans rooting for the teams. The Coalition also sold refreshments and received donations from the local Dunkin Donuts and Pathmark. The Coalition is raising money to send two members to the Federation of Families Conference in Washington, DC.


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