Youth Leaders

Our work is guided by the Youth Leaders Work Group, which consists of youth that have gone through the juvenile justice system. They use their personal experiences to influence decision-makers and shift power in youth justice spaces in LA. Young people coordinate this space to support one another and grow through their trauma. They build leadership through political education, a book club and actively participating in achieving LAYUP’s goals.

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Building Youth Leaders


Still We Rise: Youth Perspectives on Safety, Community and Opportunity:

Panel 1: Reframing and Reclaiming Childhood: Growing Up on the Brink of System Involvement


Still We Rise: Youth Perspectives on Safety, Community and Opportunity:

Panel 2: Adolescence Interrupted: Sanity & Survival Behind Bars


LAYUP’s Response when CEO Fesia Davonport allocates $0 to Youth Development when she allocates $1 Billion to Probation & $3.3 Billion to Sheriffs during a “Care First, Jails Last” vision of LA County Board of Supervisors.  

ACTION to FULLY FUND #YouthJusticeReimagined

LAYUP Continues to Turn Up the Heat 

Check Out Ronaldo Villeda on the Mic during the Action as LAYUP continues to fight for funds. 

Cultural Connections

In the summer of 2019, LAYUP youth leaders traveled to the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Lame Deer, Montana to help the native community to prepare the land for a rites of passage ceremony for youth.

Freedom Art

Artistic expression is a key part of healing and positive change. LAYUP hosts concerts and open mic discussions to provide youth a safe space to express themselves and connect to careers in the creative industry.


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Community Organizing Fellowship

Paid intensive training in the theory of social change, social movement history and the art and science of community organizing through hands-on application in base-building efforts in South LA.  Click for details.


Workforce Development


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