Born by organizing systems-impacted youth of color and young leaders to defeat Oakland’s gang injunctions in 2010, CURYJ’s mission is to unlock the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. CURYJ’s creed is that we must transform—not reform—the systems that have harmed communities of color for generations, most notably the criminal injustice system. Guided by our Theory of Transformation and Liberation (TOTAL), CURYJ believes that by uplifting the voices of systems-impacted young people of color through leadership development, advocacy and movement building, and community healing, then we can end youth incarceration in California by 2030, and beyond.
Interested in joining the CURYJ Fam? See our open positions below.