On July 12th, we were thrilled to bring the young people on the #RoadToChange tour into Barry J Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, California. The group spent five hours in a workshop with girls ages 14-18, discussing voting, creating spoken word and art together and sharing stories. We followed the workshop with a visit to "The Compound", where young men being tried as adults are incarcerated. They engaged in thoughtful discussion around personal experiences, exposure to violence and the criminal justice system while discovering common ground and ideals.
Our incarcerated young men and women expressed profound gratitude for the visit and were deeply moved by the compassion and interest our guests presented. The Road To Change students expressed the impact the visit had on them and their commitment to continue to amplify the silenced voices of our incarcerated children:
"I will never forget what happened here today"
"I will continue to tell your stories"
"All I see here is power. I will carry this experience all my life"
"I realize now that today is why I came on this tour"
"You sparked something in me"