To close our Dream series, we speak with Jessica Nowlan, Executive Director of the Young Women’s Freedom Center. In this episode, she reflects on her lived experience — from being on the streets and incarcerated to finding sisterhood and stepping into a leadership position at the Young Women’s Freedom Center. Jessica also lifts up the fact that youth have already articulated their vision for transformation, and our work is to support their brilliance and follow their lead as they build power and advance alternatives to incarceration and punishment, and instead, promote investment, healing, economic and political power.
Download YWFC’s latest report, Through Their Eyes: Stories of Reflection, Resistance, and Resilience on Juvenile Incarceration from San Francisco Cis and Trans Young Women, Trans Young Men and Gender-Expansive Youth.
*This episode was recorded in 2020.