Every day in America, almost 50,000 young people wake up in a jail cell. For too long, the education and juvenile justice systems have failed these students. We develop quality educational programs that inspire and engage students held in confinement.
We develop high-quality curriculum in the form of mini-units (initiatives), book clubs, and more. We share these resources at no cost with teachers working inside of juvenile justice facilities across the country.
Our resources offer teachers access to timely and relevant instructional materials they can use as core content or to supplement their school curricula. Our educational initiatives also include national contests.
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Our curriculum mini-units offer opportunities for students to engage in meaningful and relevant project-based learning. These units are intended to be used as core content or supplemental projects and most include a national contest.
Learn more about our individual initiatives, access materials, and view past winners by clicking below.
Cardboard challenge that incorporates STEM
National readathon providing a framework and incentives to increase students' engagement with books
Cellular science exploration that centers around ethics
Poetry initiative and competition centered around an annual theme
Civic engagement initiative that centers around gun control and the book Locking Up Our Own
Annual summer book club
Million Book Project - Book Club
Through our partnership with Reginald Dwayne Betts and the Million Book Project., we are sponsoring monthly book clubs. Each month we share free copies of a selected book through a lottery, along with discussion questions and student reflection journals.
In response to COVID-19, in the spring of 2020, we created an 8-week set of daily lessons for remote teaching. The lessons cover core subjects as well as social-emotional learning.