Juvenile InJustice Fellowship


2018-2019 Fellowship


Individuals who are passionate about juvenile and criminal justice system reform with lived experiences in the juvenile justice system and/or are current college students.  Applicants should live in the Los Angeles area and be able to participate in monthly sessions, field interviews, and site visits.


  • Participate in ALL sessions
  • Conduct monthly field interviews/site visits
  • Develop one video per month based on the field interview/site visit
  • Follow Fellowship norms including respect, confidentiality, and curiosity


Juvenile Justice Reform

  1. Understand the government agencies, structure, processes, and outcomes of the criminal justice system in Los Angeles
  2. Learn about the societal factors that lead to class divisions and differences in culture, power, and privilege

Storytelling and Video Development

  1. Tell stories to a group in a compelling and convincing way
  2. Develop and produce compelling online videos

Execute a campaign to build awareness about injustices in the criminal justice system

  1. Interview and network with experts in the field such as police officers, professors, nonprofit organization leaders, judges, probation staff, and lawmakers
  2. Execute a campaign to build awareness and raise money to address issues in juvenile justice
  3. Produce an event focused on juvenile justice


Note:  All days are Saturdays except for November 19, 2017

  • October 6, 2017 at 8am:  Application Deadline
  • October 7, 2017:  Fellowship Selection Day
  • October 21, 2017:  Societal Factors That Lead to Incarceration 
    • Poverty, Racism, Gangs, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and the School to Prison Pipeline
    • Team-Building
    • Storytelling
    • Video Development
  • November 18 – November 19, 2017:  Law Enforcement
    • Police, Gang Reduction, Racial and Class Inequities, and the War on Drugs
    • Juvenile Hall
    • Interviewing Skills
  • December 16, 2017: Courts, Lawyers, and Social Workers
    • Delinquency Court, District Attorneys, and Public Defenders
    • Dependency Court and “dual enrolled” youth
    • Immigration and Undocumented Youth
    • Social Media
  • January 27, 2018:  Diversion and Probation 
    • Juvenile Hall and Field Probation
    • Diversion Programs
    • Restorative Justice
    • Video Development
  • February 24, 2018:  Incarceration 
    • Juvenile Camp
    • Trying Juveniles as Adults and the California Youth Authority
  • March 24, 2018:  Re-Entry and Recidivism
    • Re-Entry Challenges
    • Recidivism and Re-incarceration
    • Public Speaking
  • April 21, 2018:  Juvenile Justice Reform
    • Local and State Reform Efforts
    • Comparative Approaches to Youth Delinquency
  • May 19, 2018:  Social Change
    • How Change Happens
    • Your Role as an Agent of Change
  • June 16, 2018:  Evening Event and End of Fellowship
    • Juvenile InJustice Event and Coalition for Engaged Education fund-raiser at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica