On average, youth incarcerated at New Beginnings (DCís long-term, secure juvenile facility) have already been arrested five times. When they return home, poverty, violence, under-resourced schools, and staggering unemployment await them. Against these steep odds, Open City Advocates re-envisions legal advocacy and each year provides holistic support to 40 youth before, during, and after re-entry. Under the supervision of staff attorneys, law students from Georgetown University serve as trusted confidants and zealous advocates: helping clients develop goals for re-entry, ensuring their due process rights, and seeing that each clientís school, housing, and support services meet his or her needs. Law students receive weekly instruction on post-sentencing representation, and extra support to troubleshoot any challenges. For clients, the results are transformational, with a reconviction rate of just 10%. These kids are living proof that a new start is possible. Letís give them that chance.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 7
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; We work specifically with youth re-entering the community from New Beginnings, most of whom live in Wards 7 and 8.
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
- % of mentees who re-enroll in high school, GED classes, college, and/or vocational training after incarceration:
- % of mentees who obtain full or part-time employment after incarceration:
- Re-conviction rate after completing our program (compared to DC's rate of 31% for all youth returning from incarceration):
Awards & Recognition
American University's Washington College of Law awarded our Co-Founders the 2010-2011 Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest
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