Roman says that the juvenile justice system is a key feeder to the adult corrections system, which is already overburdened and perpetuates racial inequality. Wisconsin, notoriously, has far and away the highest incarceration rate for African American men in the country. The disparities start in the juvenile system.
"I'm confident that these young leaders will have a positive impact on their schools and neighborhoods," said Kari Lerch, Southeast Regional Prevention Center Director for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth.
“We want to remind the LGBTQ community that you can be yourself, have fun, and be smoke-free,” said Anneke Mohr, coordinator for the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, which is led by the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.