UNC sophomore Greear Webb has been appointed to a statewide committee geared toward youth justice led by Gov. Roy Cooper.
The committee, called the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee, was established on Sept. 25 to advise the Governor's Crime Commission and administer juvenile justice and delinquency prevention grants from the Department of Justice.
Webb, whose appointment was announced in November, said he was grateful to be appointed and is looking forward to getting to work.
“I’m very honored to be a young voice on the committee, to represent not only myself but my school, UNC-Chapel Hill, to represent my family, to represent my community — I think it’s important,” Webb said.
Webb is a Morehead-Cain Scholar and the co-founder of two student-led non-profits, N.C. Town Hall and Young Americans Protest. He was also selected as a 2020 Youth Voter Engagement Ambassador through Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Webb said he was proud of the governor and his team for reaching out and being willing to put more young people on the commission. He said young people have been on the front lines of every social justice movement in the United States and have plans and ideas for the future.
“We know what we want our future to look like so including us in these conversations is so important,” he said.
Webb said true change takes three steps: education, protest and policy change. He said there's been a recent increase in education of the true history of the U.S. and the inequities so many of its systems were built upon. After seeing an increase in protests this summer associated with Black Lives Matter and other racial justice movements, Webb said now it's time for policy change.
“I’m excited to do that work,” he said.