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Stacy Young

  • Hosted by Youth Law Center
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location San Francisco, California
  • Law school Stanford Law School
  • Issue area Education/Special Education
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Stacy sought to combat barriers to education equity and promote advancement opportunities for current and former juvenile justice system-involved youth through the provision of education and reentry-related legal services, community education, policy advocacy, and impact litigation.

Juvenile justice system-involved youth are one of California’s most vulnerable student populations. These students are predominantly youth of color who come from under-performing and under-resourced school districts, are provided deficient educational programming while in juvenile detention, face multiple barriers when reentering communities after release, and experience school pushout and disproportionate school discipline. While education has proven to be a key component of successful rehabilitation and recidivism prevention, there remains a dire lack of legal assistance, resources, and services to support juvenile justice system-involved young people to get back on track, to excel in school, and to thrive.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Stacy has:

  • Utilized several legal and advocacy strategies to address systemic injustices against justice system-involved young people in school districts, probation departments, and juvenile halls across California
  • Provided direct legal services to clients in the areas of school discipline, special education, school pushout, reentry and transition, and access to post-secondary learning
  • Maintained close relationships with affected communities and their service providers through working partnerships, community education trainings, and capacity building within the community

Next Steps

After completion of the Fellowship, Stacy will be joining Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto as a staff attorney in the housing program. There, Stacy will work to combat displacement of communities of color amidst the Bay Area’s housing crisis, to improve access to affordable and safe housing, and to provide legal representation in eviction defense cases.

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