Launched in 2019, the Innocence Initiative has become an award-winning collaboration of five organizations, committed to addressing adultification bias in Austin, TX. Over three years, Measure and its partners have worked tirelessly to leverage national research and translate it into actionable steps that could be implemented at the local level. One of the key strategies used to empower the community and disrupt adultification bias has been the participatory action research model. By providing opportunities for community mobilization and engaging in collaborative thinking, the initiative has been able to make significant strides toward achieving equity for Black girls.
WAYS TO PROTECT BLACK GIRLS NOW
IN THE CLASS ROOM
Black girls are 6 times more likely to receive out of school suspensions than their White counterparts. As early as age 5, Black girls are viewed by adults as more knowledgeable about sex and adult topics, less in need of nurture and support, and significantly older than white girls of the same age. Source: Center for American Progress, 2013.
IN THE STATE
Measure is committed to promoting equitable policies that improve outcomes for Black girls. Whether it’s through investments in education, healthcare, or juvenile justice reform, we believe that targeted policies have the potential to create a more just and equitable society for Black girls to thrive.
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
Black female students are 15 times more likely than white female students to be subjected to a school-related arrest
Black girls are 10 times more likely than their white counterparts to be expelled under zero-tolerance policies
As early as age 5, Black girls are viewed by adults as more knowledgeable about sex and adult topics, less in need of nurture and support and significantly older than white girls of the same age
Source: Edward W. Morris & Brea L. Perry, Girl Behaving Badly? Race, Gender & Subjective Evaluation in the Discipline of Af. Am. Girls.
The Innocence Initiative is a collaboration that will elevate the data, listen to the real-life stories of Black girls, and address disparities that perpetuate adultification through advocacy, training, and a public awareness campaign.