Policy Priorities

Alliance leaders have identified a core set of policy priorities that reflect the work of a core set of organizers and advocates who have been listening, meeting, and strategizing with communities throughout the state to identify key opportunities and areas of emphasis for our collective advocacy.

Working at the local and state level, the Alliance actively pursues policy and system reforms that will help boys and men of color in California:

  1. Protecting the Safety and Sanctity of Youth in Schools
  2. Supporting and Expanding Community-based Trauma and Healing Models
  3. Reinvesting in Community and Divesting from the Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Deportation Systems
  4. Removing Barriers and Expanding Employment Opportunities for BMoC
  5. Increasing High Quality Family and Community Placements for Youth in the Child Welfare System

Policy Workgroups

The Policy Action Team, comprised of Alliance member organizations with policy advocacy and community organizing expertise, coordinates with issue-based Policy Workgroups to align and build support for advocacy efforts that further the Alliance’s policy objectives.

Policy Workgroups include:

  • The Education Policy Workgroup works to ensure that all children, including boys and young men of color, have access to strong, effective schools designed to build the persistence, skills and capacities needed for healthy social, academic, and career success. The Education Policy Workgroup’s focus is on the fair implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, establishment of school-based health clinics, and improvement of school climate, including limiting the use of the unfair “willful defiance” disciplinary standard. To learn more, please email Jordan Thierry (Jthierry@policylink.org) or Seng So (Seng@movementstrategy.org).


  • The Health Policy Workgroup focuses the Alliance’s health advocacy efforts within the context of the current political and economic environments. The Health Policy Workgroup aims to advance policies that combat trauma and amplify methods of healing for boys and young men of color in the health systems sector, and beyond. To learn more, please email Dalila Butler (Dalila@policylink.org).


  • The Safety and Justice Policy Workgroup works to establish safe, secure neighborhoods by ending the biased criminalization and excessive detention of boys and young men of color, with a focus on re-entry, rehabilitation, and restorative justice. To learn more, please email Safety and Justice Policy Workgroup leads Frankie Guzman (Fguzman@youthlaw.org) or Rosa Aqeel (Raqeel@policylink.org).


  • The Child Welfare Policy Workgroup is a group of individuals with lived systems experience, including both youth and parents, as well as grassroots and professional advocacy organizations, all focused on increasing services and supports for foster youth that will encourage care in family and community settings that are culturally appropriate. for more information, contact the Child Welfare Policy Workgroup lead, Jackie Wong (Jwong@youthlaw.org).


  • The Jobs and Workforce Policy Workgroup works to remove barriers and expand employment opportunities for boys and men of color in California, including formerly incarcerated individuals, opportunity youth, and undocumented communities.  Our priority actions focus on strengthening and targeting workforce development and comprehensive support services and prioritizing the hiring and retention of BMOC for high quality jobs and careers. For more information, contact Jobs and Workforce Policy Workgroup leads, Anthony Galace (Anthonyg@greenlining.org) or Erika ( Erincon@policylink.org). 




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