June 09, 2017 Practice Points

How to Support the Educational Needs of Youth in Juvenile Justice System

By Cheron Z. Mims

Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System is a project of The Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education (LCYJE)—a national collaboration of Southern Poverty Law Center, Juvenile Law Center, Education Law Center, and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. It is designed to be a tool for all stakeholders (including youth, parents, educators, lawyers, judges, caseworkers, probation officers, child welfare workers for dual status youth, juvenile justice and education system administrators, state and local agencies, and policymakers). The Blueprint can be used as a checklist or guide by advocates for youth to ensure important education issues are being addressed. One key intention of the project is to spur broader system reform. Some implementation suggestions contained in this toolkit are: beginning conversations among various stakeholder groups, guiding systematic litigations strategies, identifying what data needs to be collected to measure outcomes; and many other suggestions as well.

Cheron Z. Mims is class of 2017 graduate with a bachelor of arts major in anthropology and a minor in political science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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