Shiloh Prison Ministry
7th Community Prison Awareness & Prevention Gathering
October 28th, 2017
“A Community Response to Juvenille Justice ~ Breaking the Cycle”
- TO LEARN CREATIVE WAYS TO ADDRESS SCHOOL DISCIPLINE WITHOUT CRIMINALIZING STUDENTS AND PARENTS
- TO DEVELOP EARLY INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT STRATEGIES TO HELP STRENGTHEN THE COMMUNITY AND EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE
- TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF RACIAL JUSTICE WORK ACROSS SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD AND HEAL A RACIALLY DIVIDED COMMUNITY
To reach these objectives, there will be resources and service providers available, networking opportunities, testimonies, meaningful breakout seesions, and panel discussion among other information sharing.
Attendees ages 6-12 will remain in the same classroom for both sessions.
Attendees 13 years and older will have a 45 minute session and then switch to another breakout session on their choice.
- Session I (10:00 – 10:45 a.m.)
- Session II (11:00 – 11:45 a.m.)
Youth: Ages 6-9, 10-12, 13-18
This workshop will address and include activities geared to young people concerning what they need to know and do to stay safe, cope with peer pressure, understand the harmful effects of cyber bullying, and know how to interact with authority fiures. Other topics that will be discussed include understanding the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use on a young person and his/her development and understanding how to form healthy relationships.
Instructors will share tips on how students can participate in educational processes to increase students’ success in school, in the work force and/or in college preparation. This breakout session will also discuss steps students can take to address unfair and unequal discipline in the school setting and ways to reduce school dropout rates and decrease school arrest. Participants will be empowered to be a part of the solution and learn leadership skills.
Racial Justice Work - Building Systems that Work
Participants will look at the issues from a racial justice perspective in order to understand the impact that racial bias and racism have in our society and in the various systems (educational, criminal justice, child protective services, news media, corporate, housing, etc.) people come to depend on a daily basis, but are broken. What can individuals and groups do to be more aware of one's own biases and help build new systems that work for all? Solutions and next steps will be discussed and developed.
Early Intervention and Prevention Strategies that Work
In this breakout sessions participants will examine early intervention and prevention strategies that can work for young people with existing behavioral challenges, treated and untreated mental health conditions, misdiagnosed leaning disabilities and trauma history and navigating through the system to receive the best treatment early on.
Reforming Educational Systems
Particpants will brainstorm and come up with solutions to address school discipline, truancy and fair and equal treatment of all students and parents in order to reduce the school to prison pipeline track. This breakout session will also look at educational models that are working in the community and ways to transfer this success to other schools so that all students can receive a quality and affordable education.
The panelists will consist of members from the community.