By Lashon Amado, The National Council of Young Leaders
Under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the nation’s main federal juvenile justice law, states must establish State Advisory Groups to monitor state compliance with the law. SAGs must include young people—but engaging them can be a challenge. Not so for 21-year-old Lashon Amado, who jumped at the chance to join his state SAG, and worked hard to get invited. Here’s why.