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Youth Justice Project of North Carolina

1415 W North Carolina 54 Suite 101
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: 919-323-3380
Fax: 919-323-3942
Email: info@southerncoalition.org 
Web: www.youthjusticenc.org
Twitter: @youthjusticenc
Facebook: Youth Justice Project 

Ricky Watson, Co-Director
rickywatsonjr@scsj.org

Peggy Nicholson,
Co-Director 
peggynicholson@scsj.org 

Organizational Profile

Youth Justice Project (YJP), a project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), works to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for youth in high-quality education, juvenile, and criminal systems.  YJP’s current focus is on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline — a system of laws, policies, and practices that push students out of school and into the juvenile and criminal systems — through collaboration, community education, communication, and resource development. 

SCSJ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in August 2007 in Durham, North Carolina by a multidisciplinary group, predominantly people of color, who believe that families and communities engaged in social justice struggles need a team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers and media specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural racism and oppression. SCSJ partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the south to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights through the combination of legal advocacy, research, organizing and communications.


YJP Vision:

All people and institutions will treat youth with love, empathy, fairness, respect, and dignity, and fulfill their other basic human needs.


YJP Mission:

Ensure equity, fairness, and justice for North Carolina youth in high-quality education, juvenile, and criminal systems.


Guiding Principles:
All youth:

  • Possess value, potential, and unique strengths and needs;
  • Are fundamentally different from adults, and should be treated as such;
  • Are rights-bearing persons who should be meaningfully involved and heard in matters affecting them;
  • Deserve to be free of racism, classism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination;
  • Deserve supports and services necessary to be healthy, well-educated, safe, and economically secure;
  • Deserve systems and communities that are warm, welcoming, loving, caring, and safe;
  • Deserve laws, policies, and practices impacting them to be based on research, data, and principles of cooperation and positive youth development, not based on profit, competition, and control;
  • Deserve a high-quality education that enables them to both develop skills and knowledge and become critical, courageous, creative thinkers in a self-governing democracy; and
  • Who encounter the juvenile and criminal systems should be protected and rehabilitated. 

Locale: North Carolina
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