A new Gwen’s Girls initiative aims to reduce juvenile justice referrals in Allegheny County

Alexis was in elementary school when school police referred her to the juvenile justice system for arguing with a teacher. Three years ago, at age 14, she was arrested again for yelling at other students. This time, she was also expelled from the school. If there was something like Caring Connections for YOUth back then, she would have been able to ask for help.