Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
NJPC is currently seeking a volunteer for the NJ Youth Justice Initiative which seeks to end the (1) practice of solitary confinement for juveniles (2) practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth, as young as 14, in the adult prison system in the state of New Jersey (3) practice of sending juveniles who turn age 18 in a juvenile facility to the adult prison system without due process and (4) inability for children and youth with special emotional and behavioral challenges to receive appropriate educational supports under federal IDEA law which should be provided to those children who are part of the special education system and IEP process. Volunteer would be responsible for speaking to parents of children currently incarcerated in the adult prison system to collect further data on their children's demographics, system involvement, education, etc; correspond with incarcerated youth; attend monthly task force meetings; coordinate and attend legislative meetings; review correspondence with children currently incarcerated; correspond/speak with parents of children incarcerated; work with advisory committee to develop press releases, case studies and brochures, and research federal IDEA law for those who were involved in the special education system prior to incarceration.