Justice systems are failing young people around the world and governments are breaking international laws that require young offenders to be rehabilitated. Many young people who come into conflict with the law are locked up for too long, in cramped, unhygienic – and even inhumane – conditions. For these young people, there is little chance of rehabilitation and a route out of poverty through work when they are eventually released.

By providing access to training, education and recreation we improve their well-being and prepare them for life outside prison. On release, we help reintegrate these young people, ensuring they are productive and well-respected within their communities.

Legal clubs for prisoners make sure they get a fair trial, and we empower young people to challenge and prevent injustice through training, education and reconciliation activities.

We also help young people and their communities campaign for justice and equality. Giving them a voice and the confidence to speak out means they can influence  decisions that affect their lives and become active citizens in their country.

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A decade of pursuing justice in Togo


Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Stay here, Vote here, Change here


Picture of Laurence Fahnbulleh YCI/Tom Burke

Youth Justice

Young people learn their rights as voters before Myanmar elections


A YMCA peer educator shares newly learned knowledge on voter rights ahead of Myanmar general elections on November 8 2015.

Youth Justice

International Citizen Service volunteer up for YMCA Award


The YMCA Youth Matters Awards celebrate the work of young people staff and volunteers from YMCAs in the UK. Photo: YMCA Youth Matters Awards

Youth Justice

ICS volunteer nominated for YMCA Youth Matters Award

Togo, UK & Ireland

Online voting is now open at www.ymca.org.uk. You have until midnight on Friday 14 August to vote for your finalist. Photo: YMCA England

Youth Justice, International Citizen Service

Iqbal Wahhab OBE joins YCl as its first ambassador

Togo, UK & Ireland

Iqbal Wahhab (pictured right) will advise on development and business, and support us to increase our impact in changing the lives of young people. photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Special report by Iqbal Wahhab: Hope out of Africa


Katanga resident Jeanette explains the difficulties of making a living from the fish trade to UK businessman Iqbal Wahhab and Terry Waite. Photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Youth Justice