We want young people everywhere to grow, learn and thrive within safe and supportive communities.
We support this vision for the future by empowering young people to protect themselves, educating adults on best practices for creating secure shared spaces, and working to establish violent offender databases nationwide.
In 2016, 20-year-old Sierah Joughin’s life was cut short by a repeat violent offender in Northwest Ohio. Since then, the Justice for Sierah organization has been committed to ensuring no more young people meet this fate. Our multifaceted approach includes teaching Sierah Strong, our self-awareness and defense programming, and educating lawmakers and the public on the value of violent offender databases like those established through Sierah’s Law.
- Since first offering Sierah Strong for the Community in 2019, we have empowered nearly 900 young people and will continue to provide this program to our community FREE of charge.
- We are currently pilot testing the Sierah Strong for the Schools Curriculum in over a dozen schools, with a planned rollout to all interested schools in 2022.
- In December 2018, Sierah’s Law passed unanimously in the Ohio House with a vote of 85-0. The law created a violent offender database now used by law enforcement and everyday citizens to find out where violent offenders live in our communities and to protect our families.
- We have established three annual scholarships to celebrate Sierah’s lasting legacy in our community and to make sure she continues to make a difference for many generations to come.