The Policy Center is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization leading the Justice For Girls Reform Movement and working to improve the outcomes for girls involved in the juvenile justice system.
In addition to research, advocacy and training, the Policy Center also offers programming for girls and young women in the community, including:
Anyone can make referral.
Though we welcome opportunities for collaboration, we are not a foundation and do not directly fund organizations or projects.
Staff members of the Policy Center are available for speaking engagements and presentations. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Megan McElwee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delores Barr Weaver is a generous philanthropist who has partially funded the Policy Center through the Delores Barr Weaver Fund held at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Mrs. Weaver is our greatest supporter and champion in advancing the rights of girls and young women, especially those in the juvenile justice system.
Delores Barr Weaver established the “Delores Barr Weaver Fund” at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in 2012 to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that do work she has supported over many years and to encourage others to do so as well. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in The Community Foundation’s History.
Visit “Get Involved” for more information about the multiple ways to further the Policy Center’s mission.
We agree that advocacy is needed for all children. Research shows that boys also have risk factors that demand attention, including: trauma, violence, family conflict, substance abuse and more. Programming to meet boys’ needs should also be available, and as we make progress from our focus and expertise in highlighting and addressing the gendered experiences of girls, we believe these efforts can serve as a catalyst for others to consider practices with boys. For example, preliminary evidence from working with girls and school administration to reduce suspensions at our target elementary schools suggests that suspensions have decreased throughout the school, for both boys and girls.