|Educational Connections (EC) represents a new strategy for linking the current generation of young adults in Florida to social justice and justice reform. In partnership with several colleges throughout the state, EC provides an informed structure for young people to gain access to the state legislature, key policymakers and practitioners who can implement practical responses to the over-representation of people of color in the juvenile justice system. Based on college-campuses throughout the state of Florida, EC has provided a foundation for mobilizing college students to advocate for more enlightened policies and to get directly involved in improving services for at-risk children and their families. This paper and presentation will discuss this innovative project and outline NCCD's research- and college-based strategy for informing policymakers about culturally-competent and gender-responsive alternatives to incarceration.
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