Notes From the Field – Know Justice Conference

Last week Go Folic! tabled at the Know Justice Conference, held at the San Francisco Main Library. This conference is put on every year by the Center for Young Women’s Development to provide youth, young adults and their families with access to the tools and resources needed to navigate the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Hundreds of participants came out to attend the lectures and workshops. It was so inspiring to see so many motivated young people!

During the lunch break Mei Lin and I gave out vitamins and information to lots of excited young women. Many of them work as peer educators and mentors in groups serving youth locally, including Mission Girls, Sisters Rising, United Playaz, and more. It was incredible to see how passionate these young women were about their work! One woman was especially excited to see our table. She had heard about folic acid from her doctor when she was pregnant with her now 9-month-old son. She told me she wished she had heard about folic acid and other ways to keep her body healthy sooner, “You shouldn’t have to wait till you’re pregnant to be healthy. Now I tell all my girlfriends they need to take their vitamins”. I smiled and agreed. It’s moments like these that remind us that each of us can make a difference!

The Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD) is one of the first non-profits in the United States run and led entirely by young women. They organize young women who are the most marginalized in San Francisco — those in the street economies and the juvenile justice system — to design and deliver peer-to-peer education and support. Find out more about their programs here.

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