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March 2019 Roundup

March 26, 2019
Courtney McSwain

Funding Opportunities  

  • Vera Institute of Justice released a Request for Proposals for the inaugural round of its Backyards Community Grants. Grant funding to community-based or statewide organizations committed to reducing incarceration rates in small cities and rural communities. Deadline: April 12 (11:59 pm PST). Learn More.   

  • The Center for Children's Law and Policy is partnering with Impact Justice to provide technical assistance and federal funding of $20k - $200k to agencies implementing the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards in local juvenile facilities. Applications available in spring 2019. Visit the National PREA Resource Center to learn more.   

  • The J.M. Kaplan Fund is accepting applications for its 2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize. The Prize seeks out innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation and social justice (defined as Supporting just alternatives and reforms to the criminal justice and immigration systems.) The prize is open to non-profit and mission-driven for-profit organizations that are tackling America’s most pressing challenges through social innovation. In 2019, ten prizes will be awarded each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000. First-round applications are due by April 30, 2019. Learn More.   


  • Arkansas passed its first major piece of youth justice reform legislation in over a decade. The law, combined with several administrative actions DYS and the Governor took earlier this year including the closing of two juvenile lockups, represents a significant first step in the reform of the juvenile justice system. Read Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families’ blog post on the changes.   

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a moratorium on all executions during his tenure - a historic step for criminal justice reform. Equal Justice USA has assembled a social media toolkit for advocates to help spread positive messaging on social media around this news, including sample tweets/posts; shareable graphics; a sample statement your organization can adapt and share; message map; talking points for national messengers; petition language to create your own; and tough questions (available upon request). See Toolkit.   


The National Network for Youth recently partnered with global market research and consulting firm Ipsos to poll 1,005 adults above the age of 18 on youth homelessness. View key findings and register for a webinar on April 23, 2019, at 2 PM ET to learn more. 


  • A new national poll of 1,000 adults conducted by Youth First found that Americans from a wide range of backgrounds believe that young people can be rehabilitated to become productive members of society — and that outcome is best achieved by closing youth prisons and investing in a wide range of supports, not incarceration. Read the Full Results. 

  • On March 19, the San Francisco Health Commission unanimously passed a resolution recognizing incarceration as a public health issue in the City and County of San Francisco. The Health Commission noted that incarceration impacts the health and wellbeing of those imprisoned along with their families and communities, with particular impact on low-income communities, people of color, including African-American men, cisgender and transgender women, transitional age youth (18 to 25 years-old) and people experiencing homelessness. Read More.  


  • Vera Institute of Justice is hiring a Research Associate to join a diverse and growing team and to manage data collection in partnership with the people most impacted by our work—corrections staff and incarcerated people—as part of the Restoring Promise initiative, a collaboration between Vera and the MILPA Collective. Learn More.   

  • The Vera Institute of Justice’s Center of Immigration and Justice is hiring a Senior Planner of Policy and Advocacy. In 2017, Vera convened the Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Network, a group of diverse local jurisdictions that have committed public taxpayer dollars toward legal representation for immigrants in their communities facing detention and deportation. The Senior Planner will join the SAFE Network team and develop dissemination and engagement strategies for audiences such as local and state government officials and advocacy groups. Learn More. 

  • Do you know a student, intern, or mentee who wants to participate in a summer internship—but might not have the financial or structural support to participate? They are invited to apply to EmpowHER 2019: a summer fellowship and scholarship opportunity to support progressive women—especially women of color and/or first-generation college goers—to help them and their cost of living during a summer internship in Washington, D.C. Learn More. 

  • The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects is now accepting applications for its 2019 cohort of college young women for the RBG Leadership Initiative. The initiative focuses on honing the leadership skills of young women enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at four-year colleges and universities located in southeastern states. Deadline: 6 PM EST April 1, 2019. Learn More.   

  • The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is hiring a Senior Policy Counsel to lead the organization’s on-the-ground legislative advocacy to end extreme sentences for children in 2-3 states per legislative session. A J.D. with 5-10 years of relevant experience running effective legislative campaigns preferred. See Full Description 

  • The Heising-Simons Foundation seeks a Criminal Justice Program Officer. The ideal candidate is a strategic and collaborative individual who has demonstrated experience in and a commitment and passion for criminal justice reform and will help shape and administer the Foundation's portfolio to advance efforts to end mass criminalization, incarceration, and deportation. Learn More.   

  • The Overbrook Foundation seeks a Human Rights Program Officer. Working closely with the President, the Program Officer will direct the strategic development and management of the Foundation’s human rights program, will lead all stages of human rights grantmaking, and monitor and evaluate the progress, outcomes and impact of individual grants and overall program strategies. Learn More 

  • The Libra Foundation seeks a Senior Program Officer to lead and nurture a portfolio of social justice funding and projects with a nationally-focused foundation. The Libra Foundation utilizes a human rights lens to focus its grantmaking within and at the intersection of three program areas: gender justice, environmental justice, and criminal justice reform/drug policy. Libra’s grantees fight against systemic inequalities, organize communities most impacted by injustice, and innovate new models of networks and organizations serving our common good. The ideal candidate should be: 1) either an experienced grantmaker with knowledge and expertise in criminal justice reform or an experienced organizer ready to apply their skills and expertise to philanthropy; and 2) a superb network weaver and project manager with deep knowledge about the criminal justice system.  Learn More.   

  • Youth First is seeking a State Campaign Strategist to provide technical assistance to state campaign partners on campaign management, strategy and organizing; coordinate monthly state campaign calls and peer-to-peer technical assistance; organize campaign convening; and create tools and materials for state-based campaigns. Youth First partners with state-based groups and coalitions to build effective advocacy and organization campaigns to close youth prisons and reinvest in alternatives to incarceration. Learn More. 



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