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Youth Safety Awareness Initiative Wins 2021 Juliette Gimon Courage Awards

May 20, 2021 

The Youth Safety Awareness Initiative (Crime Si Poa), is proud to be among the winners of the Julliette Gimon Courage Award (link) granted by Global Fund for Children (GFC).

The Award honors organizations that are positively impacting children by recognizing their courage and resilience in continuously advancing the rights of children and youth under especially difficult circumstances. Crime Si Poa (CSP) recognition was due to its work under the community outreach program in empowering incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth. The award also took into accord

Crime Si Poa and Free Minds Club were the two publicly named winners hailed for championing the arts and education as tools to empower young people in conflict with the law. The two organizations were also acknowledged for advocating for criminal justice reforms and supporting young people who are directly impacted by incarceration as they lead efforts for change.

 “We’re pleased to recognize Youth Safety Awareness Initiative and Free Minds for their incredible work ensuring that children and youth impacted by incarceration have the tools they need to achieve their goals and create change in their communities,” said John Hecklinger, President and CEO of Global Fund for Children. “These organizations share the brave and passionate spirit that made Juliette such an extraordinary advocate for children around the world.”

This award honors and validates Youth Safety Awareness Initiative’s courage in boldly undertaking a paradigm shift on community leadership narratives,” said Peter Ouko, the Executive Director.

 “Crime Si Poa has borrowed the Global Fund for Children model of trust in localized solutions, and so by equipping and empowering children and youth – irrespective of their backgrounds – through education, access to justice, and social enterprise, we envision realizing a safe and crime-free society for all.”

The 2021 Courage Award winners were selected from 17 finalists that have empowered children and youth to overcome tremendous obstacles, including homelessness, poverty, and a lack of access to quality education.

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