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“In over 40 years of working with Youth, I have never used a resource that captures the interests and imagination of every person in the group. Practical, thought provoking, and real!” ~ Bishop Tony Russell and Pastor Valerie Russell, MAN Network

 

“Every school with high-risk populations should consider implementing this curriculum.” ~ Sylvia Santana, Michigan State Senator, District 3, Member of the Governor’s Jail & Pre-Trial Incarceration Task Force

 

 “The Five Steps to Avoid the School to Prison Pipeline is both innovative and relatable to youth and their families.” ~ Jared Davis, Principal, Cornerstone Health & Technology High School

 

The short stories shared on this blog are geared towards youth ages 12-18 and can be used by youth organizations to guide conversations that must be had in order to help youth understand and avoid the school to prison pipeline. Read the story in order begin with our first post “Suspended For What?! Jaleesa’s Cell Phone!” and hold discussion groups with youth about what the school to prison pipeline is. We have all heard that suspension is a big driver of the school to prison pipeline, but how does that work exactly? The story in this blog does a marvelous job of putting this into context for youth and is an excellent discussion tool for teachers, counselors and anyone working with youth. 

The characters are 15-year-old sassy and secretly insecure Jaleesa, 16-year-old wise, smart and very proud Robert Jr, their heartbroken and depressed Mom Latonia and their playboy Dad Robert Sr. All characters are based on real life people as observed by the teachers and juvenile detention staff who contributed their experiences in the writing of these stories.

The purpose of these stories are to give professionals real life situations that they can use to begin to have real meaningful conversations with youth about the triggers of the school to prison pipeline. How can youth avoid something that they don’t understand? The power to stop the school to prison pipeline is within each youth, not outside them. It is our duty as adults to empower them with an understanding of the triggers causing the growing school to prison pipeline.