women reVamped was formulated following the recognition of a need to provide young girls facing pivotal moments in their life with empowering support systems and in-depth programming. Our focus on girls, age 13-17, who are first time probationer’s is reflective of our recognition that, for this age group in this particular circumstance, access to quality programming is vital in the prevention of recidivism and nurturing of productive lifestyles.
In partnership with Grand Valley State University’s Criminal Justice Department, we are developing an innovative program that engages the community in creating a sustainable intervention program for young girls. Through mentoring and programming that seeks to empower girls to take ownership of their lives and make contributions to their community, women reVamped believes that we can curb the rise of women in the correctional system.
Our mantra of “Empowering Women by Empowering Girls” speaks to the power we see in uplifting young girls to make a positive impact in their communities. We are thankful to Clinton Global Initiative University for recognizing the importance of the work we are spearheading in Michigan around girls in juvenile corrections. We look forward to sharing our experiences and creating dialogues surrounding our work, its implications and how we can create more positive change for young people entangled in the web of juvenile corrections.