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Virtual Presentation to Feature Leaders Who are Disrupting Youth Incarceration and Reforming Systems that Disproportionately Harm Black, Brown and LGBTQ+ Young People

Virtual Presentation to Feature Leaders Who are Disrupting Youth Incarceration and Reforming Systems that Disproportionately Harm Black, Brown and LGBTQ+ Young People

Oct. 8, 2020 –  A virtual presentation will highlight how restorative practices, gang-involved individuals, and innovative readiness programs are disrupting youth incarceration and reforming systems that disproportionately harm Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ young people.

The presenters are four social justice leaders and activists -- Founding Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) Fania Davis, PhD, Boston Uncornered Co-Founder and President Michelle Caldeira,    RJOY Restorative Justice in Queer Communities program practitioner Bijon Barnes, and youth restorative justice activist Tyreece Sherrill, who knows firsthand the impact and inequities of the school-to-prison pipeline and youth incarceration.

Moderator Darlyne BaileyThe web event, Oct. 22, from noon to 1:30 pm ET, is the second of a three-part series, On the Road to Unlocked!: Investing in Our Children and Communities, which focuses on what communities can do to create a robust system of care that supports, nurtures, and best serves youth and their families while keeping communities safe. The Unlocked! Series is sponsored by the Social Justice Initiative of Bryn Mawr College (SJI), Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc., an alternative to youth incarceration and out-of-home placements, and the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA). SJI Founder and NHSA Board Vice Chair Darlyne Bailey, PhD, will moderate the discussion, which will include an opportunity for panelists to answer webinar participants’ questions.

About the Presenters:

RJOY Founding Director and National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) Co-Founding Board Member Fania Davis, PhD, is a noted social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, writer, and educator.

Co-Founder and President of Boston Uncornered Michelle Caldeira leads a team of practitioners who engage and support active and former gang-involved individuals to end violence and create positive community change through the power of education, connection, and opportunity.

In addition to his roles as RJOY Communications Associate and Apprenticeship Manager, Bijon Barnes is a Restorative Justice in Queer Communities program practitioner.

Impacted personally by the school-to-prison pipeline, Tyreece Sherrill leads statewide campaigns to increase funding for alternatives to youth incarceration and has brought support and healing to others through his work with Fathers and Families of San Joaquin and RJOY.

The virtual series is a precursor to the YAP and SJI in-person national Unlocked! conference scheduled for April 14-15, 2021 in Philadelphia. Register for the Oct. 22 event here.

Note: The virtual series is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

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