Justice for Young Families Initiative

J4YF-EliaJustice for Young Families (J4YF) is a long-term policy initiative to promote the health, equity, opportunity and dignity of young families, informed by their experiences and by organizations and individuals that work with and/or serve young families to raise the most pressing needs of young mothers and fathers and change how they are perceived and treated.  Justice for Young Families is an example of work that amplifies Strong Families – a 10-year Initiative to ensure every family has the rights, recognition, and resources it needs to thrive.

CLRJ believes that in order to address adolescent childbearing and parenting in the Latina/o community and beyond, we must collectively start to change the discourse and norms to include youth sexuality and health needs from a perspective that acknowledges young people’s rights to education, access, autonomy and opportunities.

To learn more, download our J4YF Publications: 


J4YF_SoP_cover Justice for Young Families Statement of Principles Poster




J4YF Principles & Praxis Justice for Young Families Principles & Praxis Booklet





CLRJ_J4YF_Issue_Brief_1_Thumbnail Issue Brief I: Supporting Latina/o Youth: Strengthening Latina/o Young Families and Communities





Issue Brief II: Sin Vergüenza, No Shame: Young Parents Share Their Stories, Challenges, and Determination




J4YF is a CLRJ initiative in collaboration with our partners:

ACT for Women and Girls 
California Adolescent Health Collaborative
Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales
Fresno Barrios Unidos
National Latino Fatherhood Initiative
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Project NATEEN / Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Southern California Library
The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health