Our work is driven by young people who have been impacted by the justice system and who now help lead the movement to change the realities they faced. Learn more about their stories.

Youth Stories

Ronaldo Villeda’s Story

Something inside me broke when I heard the judge read my charges. I was 17-years old and facing life in prison. But it was at that moment, I knew I had to change; I just didn’t know how. What I learned very quickly however is the juvenile justice system is not conducive to positive transformation.

Mainor Xuncax’s Story

Like many Black and Brown men, Mainor Xuncax’s experience with law enforcement began at an early age. Mainor’s crime: he was late for school.

There was never any intervention by teachers or counselors, and no one took the time to ask why he was late…

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