We are being thoughtful and deliberate in writing the rationale for why the Policy Center is focused on girls and young women, and we encourage anyone who interacts with girls to be part of the solution. If you would like to share your perspective on ‘why girls?’ please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
The vision of the Policy Center is to create communities where all girls are safe, valued and have opportunities for a prosperous future. Watch this video to learn how we’re doing that.
What do we do at the Policy Center? Here’s another way to look at it.
Learn about the impact of trauma with Lawanda Ravoira’s TEDx talk, “Giving Voice to the Invisible,” is a great place to start.
The Policy Center invites you to join us in our work to advance the rights of girls and young women in the justice and child protective systems. We welcome your contributions of capital, in-kind donations, expertise or time.DONATE NOW
Similar to statewide trends, the majority of girls on the First Coast were committed for less serious offenses (i.e. misdemeanors and violations of probation) (64% of girls vs. 26% of boys).
Almost three in four girls who are locked up have diagnosed mental health problems related to the impact of trauma and violence. Addressing the need: Model Programming
Girls who are locked up from the First Coast community have experienced loss (e.g.; death of a primary caregiver, parent incarceration, abandonment).
Half of girls who are locked up have histories of sexual or physical abuse. See the Research