Education + Justice Overview
RYSE established its Education + Justice Department to directly address inequities within two systems that intersect at various points and all too often have a disproportionately negative impact on youth of color.
In service to RYSE's Theory of Liberation, the Education + Justice Department demands and obtains equity within our education and justice systems that is essential for our youth and our society as a whole. Grounded in love and rage, we examine and critique systems that are built on historic trauma, race, gender, and class structures and work toward transformation.
Hire Up: RYSE’s weekly Job Club helps youth apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. It also prepares participants for employment and assists them with job readiness through activities and field trips.
Justice RYSing: This workshop provides basic knowledge of young people’s rights and what they can expect when being searched, detained, or arrested by school police or school resource officers.
Study Up: RYSE’s tutoring program provides academic support to our members. Every Monday through Friday, members are welcome to drop in for help on their assignments or tests.
Youth Policy Institute: This is a youth-driven policy project to ensure that youth voice is prioritized around education, juvenile and criminal justice, and economic practices and policies that impact their lives. Youth will have an opportunity to get hands-on training and experience in research, writing, advocacy, and other leadership skills. The youth-led policy analysis will dive deeper and support the development of a policy or campaign platform based on the findings. RYSE will be working with community and academic partners on these efforts.
RYSing Professionals: A cohort model internship aimed to assist young people ages 15-21 in career growth and development. Youth in the cohort will explore the 16 career pathways and begin to build their own career path.
Case Management Support: Available for youth who express interest in getting regular support in meeting their Education and Career goals. We also offer support for young people who have had contact with the juvenile justice system, helping them create plans for successful reentry and reintegration back into the community.
College Access: College Access aims to provide youth with the knowledge and resources they need to navigate through the education system and into Higher Education. Key themes will be High School and Transfer Requirements, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Required Tests (SAT and ACT), Personal Statement Support, Applications, and Field Trips.
Education + Justice Core Principles
No policy, investment, or practice about young people of color without young people of color.
Systems, both in policy and praxis, are responsive to the priorities and needs of young people as defined by young people.
Young people have emotional, physical, and political safety to acquire tools, skills, and resources they need to understand and change inequities.
We are a youth representatives on the District Local Control Accountability Plan (DLCAPS) Committee that brainstorms and collaborate on how to impact the LCAP in WCCUSD. We come together from different communities, knowing that youth voice is often forgotten or ignored in district decisions regarding spending, and hope to spark change through breaking down barriers of ageism and addressing flaws in district money distribution.
Our mission is to organize youth power to ensure that youth voice and opinions are implemented in the LCAP document. We work together to advocate for our fellow classmates and ourselves in our schools by holding spaces where we can speak freely and plan together. We empower youth to speak out and take agency over their education. We acknowledge that there are a lot of full time working adults and even kids that cannot attend DLCAP meetings; it is because of them that we exist. We are the reminders that just because they are not present in district meetings doesn't allow for the district to forget them or leave them behind.
Education + Justice Resources
Juvenile Justice System Resources
CCC Probation Page
Philip F. Kader: ProbationChief@prob.cccounty.us
County Probation Officer
50 Douglas Dr., Suite 200, Martinez, CA 94553
Ph: (925) 313-4000 Fax: (925) 313-4191
Hours: 8 AM-12 PM; 1 PM-5 PM; Monday-Friday
CCC Juvenile Prosecution Page
Daniel Cabral: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Deputy District Attorney
900 Ward Street, First Floor, Martinez, CA 94553
Ph: (925) 957-2200 Fax: (925) 646-2565
Hours: 8 AM-5 PM; Monday-Friday
High School and College Support
(A-G eligibility for UCs)
Community Program Resources
Youth Justice Campaigns
Looking for more information?
CONTACT A MEMBER OF OUR STAFF:
Stephanie Medley, Education & Justice Director
Andrew Yeung, Economic Justice Program Manager
Jasmine Alexandra Frye, Youth Justice Program Manager
Mikaela Wilburn, Career Pathways Specialist
Briana Urrutia, Youth Success Coordinator
Tyjohn Sykes, Youth Justice Assistant
Deysi Chacon, Education Engagement Advocate
Luis Cubas, College Access Coordinator
TEXT FOR UPDATES:
Text @RYSEENJ to 81010 for updates from Ed & Justice.
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