Celina Moreno

  • Hosted by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Texas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location San Antonio, Texas
  • Law school University of Houston Law Center
  • Issue area Education/Special Education
  • Fellowship class year 2010
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Celina obstructed the school-to-prison pipeline that channels youth from classrooms to alternative schools and later to juvenile and adult jails. While many dynamics place students at risk, school disciplinary referrals are the best indicator of future entry into the juvenile justice system, leading to higher school dropout rates. Celina sought to decrease alternative school referrals, establish a community-school partnership model, and expand access to legal resources for students and families.

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