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August 2019 Roundup

August 11, 2019
Courtney M. McSwain




Funding Opportunities 


  • SchoolHouse Connection is now accepting applications for their scholarship program for students who have experienced homelessness and are entering college for the first time. The deadline to apply is November 10, 2019, at 11:59 PM PST. The SHC Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services. Additionally, the program also offers young people meaningful opportunities to engage in advocacy while providing sustained support services to help ensure graduation and success in life. To view the application, click HERE. (h/t National Safe Place Network)  


Publications/Resources/News 


  • Researchers from Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER) at Tufts University, MA, and they are conducting a national survey of home visiting programs that currently include juvenile or adult justice system involved parents among its participants. They are interested in learning about programs that specifically target justice involved parents, and programs that adapt their service model and curriculum to meet the unique needs of these parents. If you know of another organization that is involved in running a program for justice system involved parents, please take this 15-20 minute SURVEY.

  • A new app is coming to help mobilize teen activists! “Turnout” is an app set to be released this fall and was developed by 17-year-old Zev Dickstein Shapiro. Shapiro created Turnout as a one-stop place for teens to go to become involved in their local organizations, as well as national organizations. Read more about Shapiro and the new app in Teen Vogue. Shout out to National Safe Place Network for sharing this story in their newsletter. 

  • In July, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released its report, Beyond Suspensions: Examining School Discipline Policies and Connections to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color with Disabilities. The comprehensive 224-page report shared findings and guidance on disciplinary reform in education. Highlights include: 1) disciplinary policies in schools disproportionately impact students of color and those with disabilities; 2) 1.6 million students attend a school that has a sworn law enforcement officer but does not have a school counselor; 4) At all school levels, students with disabilities are around twice as likely to be suspended than students without disabilities; 4) Students of color with disabilities are more likely to be expelled without educational services. Read More. (H/T: SparkAction/Act4JJ) 

Jobs/Opportunities  


  • ACLU of New Hampshire is hiring a Racial Justice Organizer. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of New Hampshire’s efforts to promote racial justice by helping mobilize and train youth leaders across the state. The Racial Justice Organizer will be actively involved in our legislative efforts, voter education around local elections, and in partnering with grassroots organizations. Learn More.   

  • The Innocence Project seeks a new Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to manage a dynamic and evolving organization, as well as significant fundraising experience. Extensive experience in the criminal justice policy arena is also strongly desired and a law degree is preferred. Learn More.   

  • Urban Specialists is seeking a National Executive Director to join their team. The National ED will be an exceptional leader and executive manager who will lead and inspire a high-performing team, build a supportive and collaborative culture, ensure effective development and implementation of a strategic plan, and establish a fundraising infrastructure. Learn More

  • Youth Justice Fund (YJF) seeks an Executive Director to be responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.  S/he guides YJF’s vision, shapes and implements policies and manages its operations. Full Description. 

  • Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF), a progressive family foundation rooted in the US South and located in Durham, NC, is seeking two program officers for its LGBTQ Equality and Higher Education in Prison programs, respectively. The Program Officers will engage current grantees, identify new grantees, and support the learning and networking of its programs and connected stakeholders in the South. They will also play a critical role supporting initiatives and networks that increase progressive philanthropy in the South. Learn More

  • The Delaware Center for Justice seekan Executive Director to lead and nurture a skilled, diverse, and dedicated staff of 18 and work collaboratively to define the vision for the next phase of DCJ’s leadership on criminal justice reform in Delaware. The ideal candidate will have at least eight to ten years of proven leadership experience, including successful track records in strategic planning, communications, fundraising from diverse sources, and establishing and administering strong human resources and budget management systems. A Bachelor’s degree and well-established success engaging with diverse communities are required. Learn More

  • Team Child seeks Yakima Staff Attorney. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Learn More. 

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