Our focus on root causes and cross-system approaches, supports the attainment of our vision in which, girls, young women, and gender nonconforming youth can define themselves on their own terms and be respected and supported without fear of violence or injustice.
National Crittenton catalyzes social and systems change for girls and young women impacted by chronic adversity, violence, and injustice.
National Crittenton’s work is inclusive of all girls and young women, cis and trans, and gender nonconforming young people.
We know girls and young women are the experts on their own lives and the leaders of change impacting their lives
We ground our work in an understanding of the root causes of systemic injustice that results in the social, economic, and political marginalization of specific groups of girls and gender nonconforming youth, their families, and their communities, with particular attention to girls of color
We recognize the deep impact of historical, intergenerational, and individual ongoing trauma on the lives of girls, young women, and their families, and on the communities in which they live
We will be responsive, adaptable, creative, and tenacious in advancing social and systems change in recognition of our shifting social and political landscape
We believe change is possible, and, drawing on the history of National Crittenton, we can and will take on challenges treated as intractable
We utilize an intersectional lens, including race, ethnicity, gender, SOGIE, class, disability, age, and geography, to effectively understand and address the root causes of oppression, violence, and poverty
We recognize the enduring strength, courage, determination, and leadership of girls, young women, and their families and communities to heal and transform their lives and communities