The best solution to mass incarceration is prevention!
In June 2017, Project MI launched its “Free MI Kids” Campaign focusing on initiatives that aim to end the school-to-prison pipeline and promote justice for kids. Through student and community driven policy and activism, this campaign seeks to divert kids from the justice system, produce a fairer system, and build stronger communities.
MI Youth Advocacy Program
This initiative teaches self-advocacy to Memphis opportunity youth utilizing law students and community leaders as facilitators and group mentors. The long-term objective for this program is to develop intervention and resource strategies that keep youth out of the justice system. For the 2017-2018 school year, we are excited to work with opportunity youth at Carver High School in South Memphis!
For more information, contact Demetria Frank.
MI Youth Legislation & Policy Initiative
In addition to several other youth-centered legislative and policy projects, our premier 2017-2018 effort is to end the solitary confinement of juveniles in Tennessee.
For more information, contact Noor Obaji.
MI Youth Leadership Summit
This annual summit brings together local and national social change experts to examine the impact of pro-incarceration policy locally alongside Memphis opportunity youth. With the theme “Igniting Tomorrow’s Leaders,” the summit will be held on July 28, 2017 at LeMoyne Owen college and will feature speakers, workshops and other resources on the topics of youth activism and community advocacy.
For more information, contact Brittany Williams.
“Free MI Kids” Narrative Campaign
Our narrative campaign brings awareness to problems in the youth justice system, systemic bias and mass incarceration generally. By telling the real human stories of kids and families in over-incarcerated neighborhoods, we seek to transform thinking and invigorate our communities to fight for the future of our youth.
For more information, contact Amelia Cortez.