• “I learned that I am capable of doing anything if I put my mind to it. I thought the art project was real great work.”

  • Los Angeles County’s juvenile justice system is the largest in the nation with nearly 16,000 youth under the jurisdiction of the Probation Department, including more than 1,800 held in detention facilities.

  • AIYN is EIGHT member organizations providing multi-discipline, high-impact arts across TEN juvenile detention sites in Los Angeles County.

About Us

The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) is an interdisciplinary collaborative that provides exceptional arts programming in order to build resiliency and wellness, eliminate recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system. 

AIYN envisions a future where youth are empowered and the systems that serve them are transformed by using arts as a foundational strategy and catalyst for change.

830 Traction Ave. #3a
Los Angeles, CA 90013

AIYN is a project of Community Partners

AIYN has identified four areas of focus and shared purpose among membership.  These areas are:

  • Training

    providing hands-on experiential training as professional development, or corporate team-building in an effort to support change in institutional cultures.

  • Arts Education

    integrated into detention facilities as a core healing-informed strategy for addressing trauma, redirecting lives, and as a foundational strategy for successful reentry, including developing to 21st Century job skills (creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking) and connecting young people to the creative economy.

  • Collaboration

    as an effective model to increase capacity, efficiency, and partnership.  Includes community-building events among AIYN members, partners, advocates, and alum.

  • Advocacy

    on transforming systems to recognize and prioritize arts integration in youth wellbeing.  Includes resources on similar efforts, and emerging resources on the impact of arts in detention, and youth.

Meet our Partners

Our work would not be possible without the support and help of our amazing partners!

Contributing Partners

Annenberg Foundation
Attias Family Foundation
California Arts Council
The California Wellness Foundation
Mitchell Family Foundation
Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles County Probation Department
Weingart Foundation

Governing Council

Diana Attias, Attias Family Foundation
Fabian Debora, Artist
Melissa Denton, Unusual Suspects Theatre Company
Chris Henrikson, Street Poets inc.
Alex Johnson, Children’s Defense Fund, CA
Malin McKinley, Coalition for Engaged Education
Janice Pober, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Keren Taylor, Write Girl/Bold Ink
Peter Walden, Rhythm Arts Alliance
Scott Ward, Armory Center for the Arts
Mindy Velasco, InsideOut Writers

Advisory Council

Sally Fairman
Evan Holland
Luis J. Rodriguez
Wendy Killian
Yosi Sergant
Sofia Klatzker

Pre/Post-release Partners


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