We continue to abandon generations of young people of color. They’ve grown up in neighborhoods with poor performing schools, crumbling infrastructure, high rates of violence and the attendant trauma, and a lack of economic opportunity. They’ve learned since day 1 that we value their lives less. And they often have to grow up too quickly - supporting themselves and their families from a young age, forced into alternative, and often unsafe, economies. For many, that route ends up in the “cradle to jail” pathway of violence and mass incarceration.