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December 2019 Roundup

December 16, 2019
Courtney M. McSwain

Anti-Racism Resource 

  • A recently published New York Times article, “Can Biology Class Reduce Racism?” explores a new curriculum being tested by high school biology teachers which addresses race, genetics and the myths that continue to persist related to perceived biological differences based on race. Read more 

Funding Opportunities 

  • The WAVE Grant is now accepting applications for its program to support first-time female filmmaker of color directing and/or producing a short documentary or narrative. Wavelength Productions is dedicated to cultivating diverse talent and supporting stories that highlight little-known or under-recognized communities. In addition to the grant, WLP is also providing 40 hours of mentorship to help with producing, directing and development of your story. Submissions due January 1, 2020. Read more 


  • NJJN YJLI Alumni Member Rashad D Hawkins is building an amazing coalition of artists, activists and entrepreneurs addressing youth justice reform through BmoreAwesome Inc. Watch video 

  • WATCH: This inspiring video from NowThis News featuring NJJN member organization Anti-Recidivism Coalition  helping men who are incarcerated find a pathway to freedom and hope.  

  • LISTEN: In a powerful interview for StoryCorps, James L. Dold, CEO & Founder of Human Rights for Kids interviewed Xavier McElrath-Bey of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Chicagowhere they talked about childhood trauma and using those experiences to bring light and hope to the forgotten children in America 

  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation shared “Justice Talks” from its 2019 JDAI Inter-Site Conference. Watch Jarrell E. Daniels — educator, activist, advocate, and JDAI Youth Advisory Council member – speak about his experience with the justice system and participating in a project with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he (along with eight other men) co-authored six policy proposals aimed at transforming the criminal justice system. The experience made him ask: "Why do people get these opportunities while in prison? Why not before?" Watch

  • The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds ample evidence that changes in brain structure and connectivity that happen in adolescence present young people with unique opportunities for positive, life-shaping development, and for recovery from past adversity. The report provides multiple recommendations for policy and practice that capitalize on these developmental opportunities and address inequities – such as in health care and education – that undermine the well-being of many adolescents and leave them less able to take advantage of the promise offered by this stage of life. 

  • The Communities for Just Schools Fund recently hosted a webinar on “What is Culturally-Affirming Social & Emotional Learning?” Click here to see the webinar video and resource sheet.  


  • Compassion Works for All is hiring for a new Executive Director. The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of CWFA and is responsible for successfully implementing CWFA’s policies and programs as established by the Board of Directors. Along with the President and Executive Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the organization is financially stable and that its work furthers its mission and is conducted in a professional manner. Read more 

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