This guide provides tips, strategies and resources to LGBTQ youth, ages 14-21, who are exiting the youth justice system. Its purpose is to help young people take charge of their own decision making and build essential life skills. The guide provides short exercises to help youth set goals, navigate juvenile probation, find meaningful employment, succeed in school and practice self-care, self-discovery and self-advocacy.
The guide offers advice from young people who have navigated being part of the youth justice system as well as service providers who serve them.
It recognizes the importance of giving young people the opportunity to be leaders in their own reentry process as they exit the youth justice system. Letting young people take charge of their decisions and feel they have a sense of agency in their own case planning helps build essential skills needed in their day-to-day lives to advocate for themselves and their needs — skills that will serve them well into adulthood and for the rest of their lives.