Maya Dimant Lentz
Name of Host Organization: James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
City, State: Evanston, Illinois
Issue area: Children/Youth, Criminal Law
Sponsors: DLA Piper
Break the school to prison pipeline for minority students in Evanston with community-based representation, restorative justice skills-building workshops in schools, and by leveraging local resources for collaborative re-entry support.
Need Addressed By Project
Schools that should be community centers for educating our children are instead becoming gateways to incarceration, portals to a racist and overzealous criminal justice system. This school-to-prison pipeline disproportionately affects the high percentage of minority and low-income children in Evanston. This project will offer innovative solutions based on integrated social work and legal services to create a replicable model for disrupting the cycle.