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You Matter: Young People and Mandated Reporting

with Mandatory Reporting is Not Neutral Project

You Matter is a zine developed to support young people, especially those under the age of 18, to answer the question, “when something hard happens who can I reach out to for help?”

The reality of mandatory reporting can make it hard for young people to know that if they reach out to adults for help will that adult have to report what you tell them? This zine helps answer the question, “What is mandatory reporting?” and helps explore what support you have, what support you need, and uses art, poetry, and music to explore what’s possible.

Brought to you by the Mandatory Reporting is Not Neutral Project with support from Just Beginnings Collaborative and the Youth Interns at Good Foot Arts Collective we invite you to use this tool to doodle, draw, journal, and explore.


Shannon Perez-Darby is a founding member of the Accountable Communities Consortium, an activist in residence with Just Beginnings Collaborative and a core member of the Mandatory Reporting is Not Neutral Project. Shannon works to create the conditions to support loving, equitable relationships and communities and centers queer and trans communities of color while working to address issues of domestic and sexual violence, accountability, and abolition.

Laura Chow Reeve
is queer mixed Chinese femme writing and drawing in Richmond, VA. She is a co-organizer of and contributor to the Color out Cash Bail coloring book and political education resource. Laura is currently writing a novel, studying Transformative Justice practices, dreaming about abolitionist futures, and supporting movement organizations through graphic recording.

Shawn Koyano
is a Black queer mother, survivor, and an advocate for families seeking community, belonging, and healing from violent systems. She strives to center and ground her work in Black feminist radical care, abolition, and dreaming of possibilities for families to be safe and whole. She is a member of Mandatory Reporting is Not Neutral (MRNN), Collective Justice, and API Chaya’s Queer Network Program and does her work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people.



Mandatory Reporting is Not Neutral Project

You Matter Zine