Trans Youth Justice Project

The Trans Youth Justice Project (TYJP) is a leadership development and political education program for trans youth ages 16-22 that is grounded in a racial and gender justice framework. The goals of the project are to increase the capacity and resilience of trans youth, develop youth leaders, and contribute to addressing social, educational, and health inequalities.

Youth who identify as “trans” in the broadest possible sense are encouraged to complete the short application (English) (Español). Youth are paid $20/hour to complete a 6-week curriculum conducted over Zoom, and can participate from anywhere.

The Trans Youth Council is a project between Diverse & Resilient, the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. The program is facilitated by Chris Barcelos, Yanté Turner, and J. Nyla McNeill.

The TYJP is currently in a pilot phase where we are evaluating the curriculum before making it widely available through a Creative Commons license. We hope that it will be available (both in-person and remote formats) for use by May 2021.

The pilot project is generously funded through the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity Initiative at UW Madison and the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition.