Our approach to advocacy is grounded in research, direct service experience and most importantly, a partnership with girls and young women who have lived experiences in the justice system. We seek to amplify girls and young women’s voices in public policy reforms on issues that directly impact them. We believe that the lived experiences of girls and young women provide profound insights that can result in systemic reforms and long term social change.
There are many ways to get involved, including:
Collect & Donate
We keep a current list of items girls and young women always need. This can be your way of supporting girls, young women released from lock-up, and survivors of sex trafficking. Print off our donation list and consider collecting items. Items include: tampons, deodorant, soap, diapers, baby wipes, car seats, strollers, cribs, laptops (new and used), & gift cards .
Host a Meet the Girl
Bring ten to fifteen guests to a “Meet the Girl.” Your guests will learn about the work of the Policy Center and hear from one of the young women we’re privileged to work alongside. You choose where to host– in your home, a local spot, or our office over coffee. We will never solicit contributions from your guests at these events.
Please contact Megan McElwee at 904.423.1569 or email@example.com.
The Joan Amery van Vleck Fellowship is a one year award designed to be career focused and to equip the fellow with research and advocacy skills through a practicum experience at the Policy Center. Fellows increase their understanding of how research, advocacy, training and girl-centered, trauma informed intervention services are related to improving system responses to girls and young women. The research fellow will play a key role within the Policy Center’s Research Team by engaging in assigned research activities and by providing support on various local projects. View the position & application process here.
Support the Policy Center & show others that you “See the Girl.” Click here to make a $20 donation, and we will send you a signature See the Girl mug to show our appreciation. Snap a photo, share on social media, and tell everyone why you support the mission and work of the Policy Center.