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Fortifying Futures for our Youth

We are convening partners to build the future we wish to see and live in.


Project Goals


Nurturing Youth Leadership

We want to ensure youth experiences and aspirations are not only heard, but valued and acted upon. “Fortifying Futures” will co-create a youth-focused space that will be an incubator for project ideation, mentorship, and self-determination. This space will nurture joyful youth leadership and be a key feedback loop for this project.  


Fostering Deep Relationships

Communities know best. The knowledge and capabilities in communities most affected by youth incarceration can bring hope in ways that harmful systems cannot. This project will strengthen and broaden AHSHAY’s partnerships. It will help us test and put the ideas that arise from this collective effort into action.  


Generating Joy

Fortifying Futures is grounded in the wisdom and imagination of communities we serve. We will work with different partners to address youth homelessness and incarceration. Our focus will be on prevention and possibility.  

Emergent Ideation

We are cultivating and ideating upstream and asset-based projects that materialize a vision for communities having the things that obliviate youth incarceration and unhoused youth. Meaningful power is noticeable, communities have the spaciousness to cultivate solutions and a sense of self-determination through this co-destined experience.

Phase I – Planning

September 2023 – January 2024

Phase II – Convening

February 2024 – October/November 2024

Phase III – Cultivating

October 2024 – February/May 2025

Phase IV – Evaluation + Beta Testing

Estimated 15 months

Phase V – Implementation

Estimated 12 months


A non-binary trans woman laughing in a park
Press Release September 27, 2023
AHSHAY Receives Philanthropic Support to Pursue a Novel, Community Designed Approach to Preventing Youth Homelessness and Incarceration

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