Youth Recommendations to Improve Educational Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
During their 2014-2015 project year, Juveniles for Justice focused on the educational needs of youth in the juvenile justice system. The Youth Advocates identified problems that they experienced while they were in the juvenile justice system – from being forced into alternative schools to the low quality education provided in juvenile justice facilities to difficulties transitioning from juvenile facilities back into their neighborhood schools – and created a series of recommendations to address these issues.
On April 17, 2015, the youth traveled to Washington, DC, to share their experiences and recommendations with key policy-makers, including staff for U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Lamar Alexander and staff for Congressman Bobby Scott. The Youth Advocates also met with officials from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.