Campaign for Children’s Rights 2021 – Week 2

Changing our Lens: Building Kids Up, Not Breaking them Down
Wednesday, March 10 from 5-6pm CST, Zoom panel discussion
From the moment of arrest, the justice system focuses on everything that’s allegedly wrong with a child. What if instead of trying to “fix” the child, the system focused on their strengths instead and set them up to succeed upon release? We’ll examine different ways the justice system can realign its focus to a strengths-based approach, with special attention on the Positive Youth Justice (PYJ) framework.


Dr. Jeffrey Butts, Research Professor and Director, Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Darrin McCall, LCSW, Chief Program Officer at the Youth Empowerment Project

Heather Kindschy, LCSW-BACS, MPH, Senior Social Worker for LCCR’s Children’s Defense Team

Moderated by:

Sarah Omojola, Associate Director at the Vera Institute of Justice

Watch the Recording

Click HERE to view the discussion recording. The passcode is JhJJi+t6

Support This and Future Discussions

We’re aiming to raise $5,000 by the end of the Campaign to help support future discussions like this as well as the efforts of LCCR’s policy team to address the systemic racism that impacts Black children in the justice system every day. If you can, please consider chipping in $10 (or more!).

We wish to thank the following sponsors and top donors for helping make our Campaign for Children’s Rights possible:

Defender of Justice:

Laurie & Paul Sterbcow
Duke Williams

Advocate of Justice:

Anonymous // Baptist Community Ministries // Carmen & Kelly Duncan // Lulu & Billy Freiberg // Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC // Hancock Whitney // Jones Walker, LLP // Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC // Sheldon Lykes // Perrier Esquerré Contractors, LLC // Patty & Mike Phleger // Pugh Accardo LLC // ResourceFull Consulting, LLC // Mary & John Turner // Philip Woollam & Tina Freeman

Benefactor of Justice:

Anonymous // Mrs. H. Mortimer Favrot, Jr. // Kit & Gus Fritchie // Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC // Landis Construction Co., LLC // Sally & Jay Lapeyre // Matt Morrin // Murray Law Firm // Jackie & Bruce Shreves // Miriam & Bruce Waltzer // Sarah & George Villere Young

Fellow of Justice:

Anonymous // Amanda & Ryan Berger // Bonita Day // Degan, Blanchard & Nash // Melanie & Ken Ehrlich // Rien Fertel // Ellinor & Doug Howard // Bonnie & David Riddle // Tatje Insurance & Financial Products, Inc. // Katie & Semmes Walmsley // Peggy Welsh // Cassie & Rob Worley // Alice & Bill Wright // Ellen & Marc Yellin // Elizabeth & Carlos Zervigon

Friend of Justice:

Joseph Bonnett // Mollie Day // Jeanie Donovan // Christina & John Fay // Robert Garon & Robin Levy // Hales Family Fund // Sid & Pamela Hardy // Lisa & John Jeremiah // Jane Kohlmann // Jana Lipman // Michele & Frank Lopiccolo // Becky & Tommy McGoey // Vicki Reed // Karon Reese & Stephen Striffler // Marilu & Sam Robinson // Angele & Greg Romig // Maureen Sheahan & Al Cholger // Whitney Stewart // Angele & Al Thompson // Ann & Shaw Thompson // Jan & Chris White // Jackie & Richard Yancey

We also wish to thank the following for their partnership and steadfast commitment to our kids: