National Youth Justice Awareness Month – 2015
The President of the United States of America
President Obama has designated October as: “Youth Justice Awareness Month”.
The follow text is an excerpt from the proclamation:
“All our Nation’s children deserve the chance to fulfill their greatest potential, and nothing should limit the scope of their futures. … This month [October], we rededicate ourselves to preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems and recommit to building a country where all … can grow, flourish, and take our Nation to new and greater heights.”
“Involvement in the justice system … even as a minor … can significantly impede a person’s ability to pursue higher education, obtain a loan, find employment, or secure quality housing.”
“Last year, the Department of Justice launched the Smart on Juvenile Justice initiatives to advance system-wide reforms that improves outcomes … while holding youth appropriately accountable.”
“I call upon all Americans to observe this month by getting involved in community efforts to support our youth, and by participating in appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.” The entire proclamation can be found on the Collation for Juvenile Justice Website: