Crime, Legal Related

Youth Justice Fund

Leave the Past Behind and Build a Future

Ypsilanti, MI   |  https://www.yjfund.org/

Mission

The mission of Youth Justice Fund (YJF) is to assist returning citizens, sentenced as youth to a term of imprisonment, with services and resources necessary to ensure human dignity and full participation in their communities. The underlying concept of YJF is that we, as a society, have deeply failed our children, and we, as a community, need to welcome them back and provide the support, understanding and compassion that has been lacking, in our policies and treatment of children in the criminal justice system, and in their lives, before they entered the system. YJF and its partners seek to humanize formerly incarcerated individuals, remove the stigma they often face, and emphasize their unlimited potential to grow into contributing citizens with dignity and hope.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Aaron Kinzel

Main address

124 Pearl Street Suite #402

Ypsilanti, MI 48197 USA

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EIN

82-2094621

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Humanizing and Supporting the Well-Being of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Our wraparound program model recognizes that supports and resources will be unique to each participant. The Welcome Home phase starts by building trust and rapport with the client. Clients often need time to process prison trauma after release so this time serves as a "debrief," swapping prison stories with our executive director and volunteers, who are also formerly incarcerated, and creating a safe space to express their fears or concerns post-release. During this time, YJF staff assess the needs of the client and, together, they create an individualized success plan. The Getting Settled phase is focused on connecting clients to services identified in their individualized success plan, prioritizing basic needs, like housing, health, food, transportation, employment, education. The Building Community phase has two parts: developing a broad network of community supporters (i.e. employers, housing partners, mental health providers, etc.) and providing peer-to-peer mentoring with formerly incarcerated leaders to help empower our clients and help them become civically engaged.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Where we work

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Financials

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Youth Justice Fund

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2020
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Board chair

Belinda Dulin

Dispute Resolution Center

Aaron Suganuma

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Deborah LaBelle

Law Offices of Deborah A. LaBelle

Rev. Joseph Summers

Episcopal Church of the Incarnation

Marvin Gundy

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Monica Jahner

Advocacy Reentry Resources Outreach

Keywords

Direct Service, Employment, Education, Youth, Formerly Incarcerated People, Prison, Parole, Mass Incarceration, Trauma, Justice.