More than half. Thatís how many youth in DCís juvenile justice system have special education needs. But court-involved youth with disabilities rarely receive the education to which they are legally entitled. Instead, without proper support, far too many drop out and land in the criminal justice system. Dedicated to changing this trajectory, School Justice Project champions the rights of these young people (ages 18-22 Ė those at the deep end of the juvenile justice system), equipping them with education and resources to transition successfully into adulthood. SJP attorneys provide 150 youth with direct legal representation, utilizing special education law to increase access to education. Systemic advocacy efforts improve re-entry services and policies, making sure these students have meaningful, effective support when they return to the community. SJP also connects its clients to community-based support services, and offers trainings for legal professionals to encourage the integration of special education law into juvenile practice. These kids have been dealt a tough hand in life. You can give them a fighting chance at the meaningful future they deserve.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

  • Number of clients we serve annually:   47
  • Number of hours of advocacy we engage in annually:   6000
  • % of clients re-enrolled in school after working with SJP:   98
  • % of clients engaged in the labor force:   89
  • Value of tuition funds and support services (tutoring, behavior support, evaluations and client assistance funds:   $500,000

Awards & Recognition

- 2013 Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations Black Male Achievement Fellowship

- 2014 Teach For America Social Innovation Award
- 2015 Aspen Institute's Urban Innovation Lab
- 2016 Aspen Scholar


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for School Justice Project is: Less than $500k

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