Stoneleigh Fellow Candace Putter, Executive Director of the PACTT Alliance, along with colleagues at the Juvenile Law Center, Open Society Policy Center, Racial Justice Initiative, and the Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative, have issued federal policy recommendations to the Departments of Education, Justice, and Labor on improving access and the quality of education for young people in correctional facilities and upon re-entry to the community.
On May 8th, Stoneleigh Foundation hosted its annual symposium. From Risk to Resilience: What Youth Need to Thrive was the topic of this year’s conversation. The symposium brought a standing room crowd to hear from a diverse panel of speakers. To continue the conversation, we have launched our post-symposium page. Included on this page are an infographic depicting the threats and opportunities to developing resilience, pictures from the event, the full list of attendees and blog posts from Stoneleigh Fellow Danielle Sered and Executive Director Cathy Weiss.
Children's exposure to violence is a national crisis and a threat to the health and well-being of Philadelphia's children. Though Stoneleigh has previously invested in youth violence prevention, the Stoneleigh board has recently made Youth Violence Prevention a funding priority. The Board of Directors recognizes that safety is a fundamental civil right, which is elusive for too many of our youth. In supporting fellowships for social change, we cannot ignore the injustice of living in a persistently violent neighborhood. Thus, in addition to child welfare and juvenile justice, the Foundation will seek fellows to demonstrate and redefine how systems act together to reduce the impact of violence.