Youth Action

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Advocacy: Support parents’ efforts to raise healthy families.

Level: National

Website: commercialfreechildhood.org

Social Media: facebook.com/commercialfreechildhood @commercialfreechildhood

Purpose: Limit commercial access to children and end the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing.


Campaign for Youth Justice

Advocacy: National initiative focused entirely on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

Level: National

Website: campaignforyouthjustice.org

Social Media: facebook.com/CampaignforYouthJustice

Purpose: Reduce the total number of youth prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system and to decrease the harmful impact of trying youth in adult court.


Center for Children & Youth Justice

Advocacy: Changing the way young people experience the child welfare and juvenile justice systems—for the better.

Level: National

Website: ccyj.org

Social Media: facebook.com/centerforchildrenandyouthjustice

Purpose: Develop and advance innovative approaches to systemic change to support kids.


Youth Art Self-Empowerment Project

Advocacy: Incarcerated Youth

Level: Local

Website: yasproject.com/

Social Media: facebook.com/Yasproject/ @Yasproject

Purpose: The number of teenagers under the age of 18 who are held in adult jails and prisons in Pennsylvania has increased drastically over the last fifteen years. The Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) is building a youth-led movement to stop this trend by ending the practice of automatically trying and incarcerating young people as adults. Through its work in the Philadelphia jails, YASP provides space for incarcerated young people to express themselves creatively and to develop as leaders both within and beyond the prison walls. Young people who have been through the adult court system are at the forefront of YASP, leading the movement to keep teenagers out of adult prisons and to create new possibilities for youth around the city.


Youth United for Change

Advocacy: Youth-led education advocacy

Level: Local

Social Media: facebook.com/Youth-United-for-Change-139373152779265/

Purpose: Youth United for Change (YUC) is a youth-led, democratic organization made up of youth of color and working class communities, with the “people” and political power to hold school officials and government accountable to meeting the educational needs of Philadelphia public school students.


Zero to Three

Advocacy: Ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

Level: National

Website: zerotothree.org

Social Media: facebook.com/ZEROTOTHREE @ZEROTOTHREE

Purpose: A society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.