As a former child welfare and juvenile justice system-experienced young adult, Amiyah’s passion for advancing juvenile justice and child welfare system reform is infectious. Amiyah has led community outreach efforts, presented at conferences, and facilitated meaningful partnerships with youth. Notably, Amiyah has worked at both the national and state levels to advise system partners and stakeholders on juvenile justice policy and practices. This includes being one of 12 individuals selected nationally to serve on the prestigious Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council as well as being appointed as a member of the Michigan Committee for Juvenile Justice.
Over her career, she has partnered in many initiatives, including presenting at or assisting with conferences and/or webinars hosted by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Juvenile Justice Network, Youth First Initiative, AmeriCorps VISTA, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the federal Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention. Amiyah is certified to lead, teach, and certify those in restorative practices.
Amiyah is a proud mother of five children, who motivate her belief that this work is only successful by highlighting the importance of youth voice.