Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice: $100,000 a year for three years.

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) interrupts cycles of violence and poverty by motivating and empowering young people impacted by the criminal justice system.  Over the last year, CURYJ hosted community-building events addressing issues of criminalization, gentrification, and displacement; a leadership development afterschool program, and monthly community healing circles. In the coming year, CURYJ will continue to organize “Hands Off Dewey,” a campaign to prevent the Academy from being razed for private development, participate with allies in the Free the Fee Campaign to eliminate fees imposed to seal juvenile records and reduce probation time, and support state bills focused on police abuse and re-entry assistance. To complement their campaigns, CURYJ continues to develop their coffee/cultural gathering place as a social enterprise effort.