Incarcerated youth who have been victim to, or engaged in violence or misconduct are isolated from effective and holistic trauma-informed services. DYRS reported in 2018 that 98% of youth were African American and 2% were Latino, making all committed youth, minorities. In 2018, DYRS and #MeWeIntl began discussion to launch the first #MeWeDC program to the youth in their program.


As of Spring 2021, the #MeWeDC pilot will begin with 24-32 incarcerated young men, and together we will discover why words and stories matter, how stories change our brains, impact our  bodies and our mental health, and shape culture. We will also engage in collaborative  storytelling and content creation projects—writing, drawing, spoken words—some of  which will be published and featured in a book for the community, short films, and also put on public  billboards across the country. 


Washington, DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
The DYRS works with fellow District agencies, community partners, and juvenile justice experts to achieve comprehensive support services to committed youth in secure facilities as well as within the community. DYRS is designed to help young people get on the right track and successfully transition into their community. DYRS collaborates to implement innovative, research-based models that align with best practices in the juvenile justice and youth development fields.



#MeWeDC Stories

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