This hardworking group focused on a multi-pronged approach including projects and support of JusticeAid and JusticeAid’s beneficiary, as well as a long term project dedicated to civic education and creating a state by state primer on gerrymandering.
GERRYMANDERING: OUR DEMOCRACY AT RISK
Image credit: Pamela Garlick
JUSTICEAID AND SMYAL (SUPPORTING AND MENTORING YOUTH ADVOCATES AND LEADERS)
Every year JusticeAid, founded by classmate Steve Milliken, identifies a pressing civil rights issue to spotlight, and carefully selects a nonprofit addressing that issue as its grantee partner. This year JusticeAid will be working with SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders). SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.