(Sacramento – April 23, 2019,) - Today the California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety passed Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer’s (D- South Los Angeles) Assembly Bill (AB) 413, that would address the stigma associated with the label “at-risk youth” by changing it to “at-promise youth” in California’s penal and education laws.
“Our education system has adopted the harmful term “at-risk youth” to label our most vulnerable students. That term connotes negativity and it must be changed,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Sr. “The label ‘at-risk youth” comes from a mindset of deficit, and focuses on what children lack. As a state, we need to move away from this mentality that tells our children they are likely to fail. We must start referring to our youth as “at-promise” which focuses on a child’s immense potential to succeed in all aspects of life.”