Philadelphia will pilot a trauma-informed facility for arrested youth

By Tony Abraham, Generocity | February 22, 2018

Stoneleigh Fellow Rhonda McKitten is featured in Generocity for her work developing a proposal for a Hub for Juvenile Justice Services for the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge.

The City of Philadelphia will begin testing trauma-informed facilities as an alternative to holding cells for arrested youth. Those facilities, which will be “child-centered” and “service-oriented,” will be funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayors Challenge. The 35 finalists for the 2018 challenge have received grants of “up to $100,000” to test public prototypes of their ideas over a six-month period. In October, four of those 35 finalists will win $1 million to scale their prototypes, and one will win $5 million.

The Hub for Juvenile Justice is being led by the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) and Stoneleigh Foundation fellow and Defender Association veteran Rhonda McKitten, who has been working with the PPD on interactions with youth of color since 2016.

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