Our Vision

Education: Reconnecting youth with educational settings is a demonstrated best practice.

Community: Re-entry practices should focus on inclusive, community-based experiences.

Employment: Work and training opportunities can help prepare youth for future employment and financial security.

Collaboration: Cross-agency collaboration enables continuity of services and helps address youths’ needs holistically.


The mission of the Y-ReCONNECTS Community of Practice is to foster the use of innovative, collaborative approaches to support the successful community reentry of justice-involved youth (age 14-24) with disabilities.

Featured TA Video Resources

Trauma among Multiply Marginalized Youth

Lydia X.Z. Brown, Advocate, Attorney, and Strategist

Intersections of Ableism, Racism, and Gender-Based Oppression

Lydia X.Z. Brown, Advocate, Attorney, and Strategist

Interacting with Autistic People

Lydia X.Z. Brown, Advocate, Attorney, and Strategist

Reaching Systems-Involved Youth

This recent panel discussion featured young adults formerly involved with the criminal justice and foster care systems. Panelists highlighted the ways that systems professionals supported, or could have supported, their successful reentry and positive vocational outcome.


  • Ayanna Nia Rasheed — Transition Specialist, Roots Community Health Center
  • Elizabeth Quiroz — Co-founder, Redemption House of the Bay Area
  • Harry B. King — CEO, Kingdom Empowerment, Inc.

Reimagining Reentry

Disparities in System Involvement

Reentry can be challenging for anyone who has been involved with the criminal-legal system, and can be especially challenging when the individual also has a disability.

By the Numbers

Structural racism and bias contribute to significant disparities in justice involvement among Black, Indigenous, and Latinx youth as compared to their White peers:

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Somewhere between 30% and 60% of youth placed in a juvenile detention facility have a disability (Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 2017).
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Up to 65% of justice-involved youth have past or current involvement in the child welfare system (Baglivio et al., 2016).

Glossary of Terms

Need help understanding the language and processes of the juvenile justice system?