Kaaleah Jones (seen her with her mother) has advised SEG on the development of the U-Train program.
Kaaleah jones fight for kids to be kids
NJJN:How did you get involved with youth justice advocacy work? Kaaleah: My pathway to youth justice advocacy work was unconventional. My father was murdered when I was one. We lost him to gun violence in 2003, and that left my mom really mad and alone. In 2006, she started a festival in my father's honor, and that's what introduced me to youth advocacy work. At that time, I was really, really young. The festival became an annual thing commemorating my father's legacy while also allowing me to remember my father in a more positive light and promote Stop The Violence. Through [the festival], I got more roles as I got older. Getting introduced into the advocacy world was kind of by accident because tragedy struck, but I've been in it ever since the age of four.