Adultification bias has unconsciously influenced and impacted the lives-experiences of black girls. MEASURE created the necessary means to defeat adultification bias amongst black girls by developing The Travis County Girl Squad.
The program desires to serve and empower black girls ages 13-17 to triumph against adversity, delivering back their power narrative; We have dedicated expert clinical partners and black mentors that intend to educate, empower and serve each black girl. Additionally, supplementing the Innocence Initiative Program with confident and relevant data to defeat adultification bias.
Black girls are seen as less innocent as early as age 5.
MEASURE leveraged its Community Survey Design Tool, gathering lived-experience data to evaluate maternal healthcare and support systems in Central Texas.
Source: Girlhood Interrupted: The erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood. Rebecca Epstein Jamilia J Blake Thalia Gonzalez Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality.
IN THE CLASSROOM
IN THE STATE
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
Black girls are three times more likely than white girls to receive an office referral
Black girls are 6 times more likely to receive out of school suspensions than their White counterparts
Between 1996 and 2011, the number of African American female juvenile delinquency cases increased 18 percent white white girls’ share of cases decreased 7%.
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.
OUR PLAN TO DISTRUPT ADULTIFICATION BIAS
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. In order to eliminate adultification bias and change the narratives dictating how our children are viewed and treated, our community has decided on 6 courses of action.
5 Courses of Action
Public Awareness Campaign
School Policy Change
Defense Attorney Training
Girl Scouts Recruitments
Females of color will comprise approximately 53% of U.S population by the year 2050.
There are 35,510 Black girls between the ages of kindergarten through 12th grade in our Central Texas project area according to the 2010 Census. Females of color will comprise approximately 53% of the U.S. population by the year 2050.
There are 35,510 black between the ages of K-12 grade in our Central Texas project area.