Did you know more and more teens are now doing time in adult prison, and black and brown children continue to represent a large proportion of juvenile incarceration rates? On an average, states spend $88,000 to incarcerate youth but only $10,000 to educate them. In the past 20 years, the amount spent on incarceration, parole and probation increased 6 times more than money for colleges and universities. In times of budget cuts and struggling schools, the United States spends 70 billion dollars a year on incarceration (Dignity School.org).
With this in mind, co-founder of Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Mokah-Jasmine Johnson developed “End School To Prison Pipeline” program and curriculum to help reduce juvenile arrest, suspension or expulsion from school, advocate for juvenile rights, reduce high school dropout rates, promote restorative justice-not punitive punishment, and provide supportive interventions for at-risk youth:
- Promote Education not Incarceration
- Monitor school codes and policies that lead to punitive punishment
- Improve Reading and Math Skills
- Educate and Cultivate future leaders
- Combat the School to prison pipeline system
Teen Social Justice Youth Group is an extension to AADM-End School To Prison Pipeline program designed to develop future leaders, young activists, and give students a voice to be heard. Students meet once a month, participate in selected activities and workshops that address issues which impact their future.
To find out more information about AADM End School To Prison Pipeline program please fill out the contact form below.