The Know Your Rights Project

know your rights, build your power.


The Know Your Rights Project engages youth in conflict with the law on juvenile justice issues by centering young peoples’ perspectives and leadership towards justice for youth and families. Our workshops address behavior in the context of rights, our curriculum is guided by experience and expertise, and our partnerships are grounded in community collaboration toward structural change that benefits youth and community safety.

Mathilda de Dios is a member of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council and coordinates the general operations of the KYR project. Mathilda co-created the KYR curriculum, facilitates KYR trainings and also serves as the Associate Director for Free Write Jail Arts, an art literacy program for young people in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. She can be contacted at or followed on Twitter @mamidedios

Malcolm X London co-created the KYR curriculum and facilitates KYR trainings. Malcolm is also an award winning poet and teaching artist with Young Chicago Authors and a member of BYP100. He can be contacted at or followed on Twitter @MalcolmXLondon

Ethan Viets-Vanlear is a Commissioner on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, the state advisory group  to Governor Quinn regarding Juvenile Justice. Ethan co-created the KYR Curriculum and facilitates KYR trainings and is a leader with Circles and Ciphers, a hip-hop centered Restorative Justice group for young men of color. He can be contacted at

Contact us at or follow us on Twitter @Rights2Power.


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