About Youth

About Youth & Justice Forum

The Forum seeks to address longtime tensions between communities of color and local law enforcement, with a focus on minority youth. Presentations, dialogue and interactive scenarios are used to address the impact of issues such as violations of constitutional rights, systemic bias, racial profiling, over-policing, the no-snitching cultural, cultural diversity training and obstacles faced by Black and minority law enforcement officers, among other topics. Building trust is key to reducing long-simmering tensions, improving community-police relations and establishing mutual respect.

The Forum’s target population is minority youth ages 10-18, with a specific focus on minority youth. Black and Hispanic youth comprised 73 percent of youth referred to the Clark County Juvenile Justices Services for acts of delinquency, according to its 2019 Statistical Report. The long-term goal is for the Forum to be included in the suite of diversionary options designed to deter youth becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. In addition to targeting minority youth, we promote this event to Title I Middle Schools and High Schools. These campuses have high numbers of students that qualify for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. Since 2019, the local chapter of the Juvenile Justice Probation Officers Association (JJPOA) have brought probationary youth to the Forum.

The Uplift Foundation of Nevada’s core areas of civic engagement are: College Scholarships, Young Male Mentoring, Philanthropy and Youth Advocacy and Development. Through collaboration and innovation, Uplift has positively impacted the lives of more than 8,000 youth and adults since 2003. (Click the logo for more information)