Unite for Students is committed to reforms in the education and juvenile justice systems, and especially focused on breaking the “school-to-prison pipeline” that disproportionately affects students of color. We want to empower parents to step forward and demand policy change that transforms the school-to-prison pipeline into a school-to-success pipeline, and gives all our young people a chance to thrive.
What is the school-to-prison pipeline?
This metaphor is used to describe the pattern of events that bring a student from the classroom to the juvenile justice system, and eventually to incarceration as an adult. Often these events that lead youth out of the education system and into our overcrowded prisons are directly related to school discipline policies, low parental involvement in schools, and a lack of diversion programs. Find out more.
Who are we?
We are an all-volunteer group based in California, which has the largest public school system in the country and also some of the worst problems associated with the school-to-prison pipeline. Unite for Students is working to grow a movement that involves people and organizations from all aspects of the school-to-prison pipeline problem, from parents and teachers to non-profits and political figures. By keeping the issue in the public eye and providing a framework for dialogue among the people and organizations working to fight this national tragedy, we can identify the most pressing problems children and parents face and have the power to bring about change.
How did Unite for Students start?
Unite for Students was founded in 2012 by a group of University of San Francisco graduate students working on the issue through the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. After the success of Unite for Student’s initial event in San Francisco in 2012, the group has continued through the volunteer efforts of former students and faculty, and is looking to expand in the near future.
Who is working with Unite for Students?
Our movement is actively seeking partners, sponsors and participants, especially those from within the communities and neighborhoods affected most. In the past we have partnered with Mo’ MAGIC and the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center among others, and were pleased to welcome a number of businesses into the movement as well. For more information visit our Sponsors page.