We’re on the front lines rallying citizens to create a society that respects the dignity and human rights of all children. Join us in the effort to ensure that we hold children accountable for the harm they have caused in ways that reflect their unique status as children and their capacity to change. Find out how to get involved below.
Ready To Get Involved?
Read the FAQs below to learn more about how you can join our cause.
How can I use my skills to help?
Graphic design– Help us create content for social media, materials for events, etc.
Videography/video editing– An important part of what we do is lifting up the stories of directly impacted individuals. Creating powerful videos is an effective way to make those stories heard.
Photography – We often need a photographer who is willing to take professional photos at our events such as our annual Convening or our Healing & Hope reception.
How can I provide pro-bono services?
Legal – We work with many attorneys who generously donate their time and expertise to provide representation for people who would otherwise not have that resource.
Mental Health – Because of the lack of mental health services in our prisons, many formerly incarcerated individuals experience lasting trauma. If you are a mental health professional and would like to donate your time, please reach out to us.
Other services – Think your business might be able to provide a useful service? Chances are we could use your help! We often need printing services, framing services, catering for events, and space for hosting events or meetings, etc.
Can I become an ICAN member?
If you were incarcerated for a crime committed as a juvenile, consider becoming a part of our Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network. ICAN members work to change the narrative of formerly incarcerated youth and advocate for age-appropriate sentencing for children.
Can I hire formerly incarcerated individuals?
When individuals are released after having been in prison since childhood, finding a job is an incredible challenge. Hiring formerly incarcerated individuals gives them a chance to live a successful life outside of prison.
How can I host a party or event?
Because who doesn’t love parties! Many of our supporters have graciously opened their homes and hosted fundraiser parties to benefit the CFSY. These parties are not only a great way to help us network and raise money, but they also spark discussion about this important issue.
Are there other ways to donate?
Our advocacy team is constantly traveling around the country to speak with policy makers and advocate against harsh sentences for juveniles. If you have frequent flyer miles that you would like to donate to the CFSY, please email email@example.com.
Is there a Healing & Hope Committee?
Join our monthly Host Committee planning calls as we collaborate to make Healing & Hope as successful as possible! Please contact James Puzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I become an official supporter?
More than 100 law enforcement, social justice, faith-based and child protection organizations have signed on as official supporters of our Statement of Principles and your organization can join them. Official supporters receive regular news and updates from the Campaign, are listed on our website and outreach literature, and may be contacted by the Campaign to help advance federal state-specific reform efforts. Please email us email@example.com if your organization would like to become an official supporter or if you would like additional information.
Do you have advocacy opportunities?
We depend on people like you to mobilize support and bring about change at the state level. If you want to get involved in your state, contact us and we will put you in contact with your state-based campaign coordinator.
Can I share my personal experience?
If you are a person currently serving or formerly incarcerated, have lost a loved one to youth violence, or have another personal connection to life without parole for youth, we may be interested in sharing your story. Circulating stories helps to humanize the human face of life without parole for kids and show widespread support for just reform. So that we can get to know you a little better, please begin by writing a summary of your connection to the issue through our Contact Us page.
Who do I contact regarding joining other former prosecutors and judges?
If you are a former prosecutor or judge, support fair sentencing of youth by signing a statement opposing life without parole sentences for youth. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
How do I join the email list?
Stay informed on what is happening in our fight to end harsh sentencing for juveniles. By joining our email list, you will receive our newsletters as well as other important updates on the movement.
At the CFSY, we’re on the front lines working to ensure that children– even those who have made grave mistakes– are held accountable in fair, age-appropriate ways. You can join us. Learn how to get involved below and help us make a real difference in the lives of individuals who were incarcerated as children, their families, and all people affected by injustices in the system.
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