Over the past 20 years, advocates, students, educators, and researchers have coined the term “school-to-prison pipeline” (STPP) to describe how harsh school disciplinary policies and law enforcement policies intersect to feed young people into the criminal punishment system. This is part of a national trend that criminalizes rather than educates students — and one that disproportionately targets black students — as “tough-on-crime” policy has resulted in millions of mostly black and brown people winding up behind bars. Nationally, since 1990, spending on prisons has increased three times as quickly as spending on education.
We will be partnering with the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center to bring art education to these disenfranchised kids. We will provide creative writing workshops, acting workshops, improv workshops and production education.
The counselor told us, ‘These kids, they just want you to remember their names.’ Help us remind these kids they are still part of our society.