JusticeEd, A Compassionate Education Systems Initiative

Our JusticeEd initiative in Santa Clara County, California envisions a future in which each systems-impacted young person is able to graduate from high school with the widest array of possibilities for their future.

Who We Are

Since 2018, NCYL's JusticeEd has worked through a creative partnership with Santa Clara County's Juvenile Probation Department to provide individualized education case management and coaching to students and caregivers to support academic success. JusticeEd is a first-of-its-kind in the state and one of the few education support programs in the country dedicated to probation- involved students. 

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What We Do

JusticeEd Education Liaisons work with juvenile justice involved students and their caregivers across Santa Clara County to ensure the students have:

  • Education champions – preferably caregivers – who are supported, informed, knowledgeable, empowered, and active in support of their student’s education.
  • A well-coordinated team of professionals across multiple systems working in concert with each student’s family and support network; and,
  • An education plan that is centered around their strengths, needs, and goals for the future.

JusticeEd Education Liaisons connect with students bi-weekly and with caregivers monthly to:

  • Review and discuss academic progress.
  • Provide coaching on study skills and social-emotional skill development.
  • Develop and review education plans and assess progress on student-set education goals.
  • Engage in post-secondary and career exploration, and.
  • Review and complete assignments, and more.
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What else do Education Liaisons do?

  • Serve as a liaison between the families, justice system, and education system partners 
  • Monitor student grades and attendance through partnerships with local school districts
  • Support and coach caregivers in navigating their student’s education
  • Connect students to school and community-based resources
  • Advocate on behalf of students and caregivers for things like school discipline, school placement, special education, etc.
  • Build and coordinate support teams of education, juvenile justice, and community-based organization staff
  • Work with students for the duration of their probation involvement and up to three months after probation termination

Disrupting the 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Girls and young women in California to receive support instead of jail