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Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

How can schools, government agencies, and community-based organizations work together to support youth at risk of falling into the school-to-prison pipeline? In Oakland, CA, the city formed Oakland Unite, a collaborative network that helps youth who have been expelled, incarcerated, or are at high risk of becoming involved in violence. This session will discuss Oakland Unite’s work, its success in preventing school dropout, and lessons learned for supporting high-risk youth in and out of school.

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  1. Learn about Oakland Unite's unique model for supporting youth at high risk of dropping out of school and becoming involved in violence.
  2. Discuss Oakland Unite's successes and challenges in supporting high-risk youth in and out of school.
  3. Hear how sharing and linking data across school districts, law enforcement agencies, and service providers can support learning and research.



Naihobe Gonzalez, Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research

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  • Tags: social justice, community
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Case Study
  • Track: Policy & Civic Engagement
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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