On Thursday, March 16, Stoneleigh Fellow Nicole Pittman was invited by the House Judiciary Committee to testify and share her expertise on the unintended consequences of federal laws intended to protect children.
We are excited to announce the selection of our newest cohort of Emerging Leader Fellows! Each of the five young professionals selected to pursue Fellowships this September bring substantial policy, research, and advocacy expertise to these important projects. We look forward to supporting them in their efforts to improve postsecondary outcomes for vulnerable young people, enhance services provided to youth experiencing homelessness, and end school pushout for LGBT and gender non-conforming students.
DMC (disproportionate minority contact) is no longer simply about the over-representation of black and brown youth in the juvenile justice system. In recent years, it has come to mean something far broader and deeper to those in the reform trenches.
Meredith Matone and PolicyLab recently published a research brief which illustrates the obstacles faced by young urban mothers with a history of child welfare involvement. She found that mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and depression were remarkably common among mothers in her study. Many also struggled to care for themselves after giving birth.
The Stoneleigh Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for accomplished professionals to pursue discrete, multi-year projects that improve outcomes for Greater Philadelphia's most vulnerable youth. We are currently accepting Letters of Interest in response to our current Request for Letters.
After Nov. 8, the juvenile justice field has had to make a few adjustments. Undoubtedly, juvenile justice reformers will still — as they should — prepare their transition memoranda and talking points. They will dig, though perhaps now a little deeper, to find areas of potential leverage with the incoming administration.