Join Us to Make a Difference!
Adelante Jovencitas (AJ) is designed to reduce recidivism and prevent incarceration by focusing on the unique needs of girls impacted by or at risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system. Meetings take place throughout the community and at regional detention centers.
AJ places a special emphasis on empowering girls to engage in positive pursuits and explore critical life skills, including career exploration, healthy relationships, self-care techniques, and media literacy. Girls learn from program staff and facilitators - including university professors, law enforcement, and women in STEM fields - who bring unique perspectives and offer mentorship to girls on pursuing career and educational paths. AJ's positive and stigma-free environment gives girls the opportunity to explore new interests and skills with fear of judgement, focusing on their strengths and looking forward to their futures.
"Girl Scouts has shown me that there is more to life that is happening in the present... Going to [AJ] meetings, I learned that even going through hard times, I can have a bright future." - Theresa, 15