School to Prison Pipeline Mini-Conference


School-to-Prison Pipeline Mini-Conference

The growing prison population of young, urban-centered, males is at epidemic levels. Moreover, the issues of urban education seem to be mounting at an exponential rate: drop-out, inadequate classrooms, burned-out teachers, and more. Higher test scores are only part of the solution.

Jawanza Kunjufu in the epic book, Countering The Conspiracy To Destroy Black Boys, argues that third and fourth grades are pivotal years for young boys: if they are not educated well, encouraged, and aided in their development during these years, the life before them is grim (1982, 8-13).

Michelle Alexander, in The New Jim Crow (2012), observes,

“The racial dimension of mass incarceration is its most striking feature. No other country in the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. In Washington, D.C., our nation’s capitol, it is estimated that three out of four young black men (and nearly all those in the poorest neighborhoods) can expect to serve time in prison. Similar rates of incarceration can be found in black communities across America.” (pp. 6-7)

Join Center for Youth Ministry Studies and the School of Education at North Park University for a one-day mini-conference on the issue of how the church, youth workers, and the education system can work together to combat the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon.

The event will feature keynote speaker Anthony Nocella III (Hamline University and Save the Kids), three breakout sessions, and a closing round-table discussion.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: $35
CPDUs for educators available for additional $15

This mini-conference is designed for youth workers (youth pastors, volunteers, youth workers in non profit organizations, advocates for youth, those working in after school or education enhancing programs, etc.) and educators. North Park University  students can register for one semester hour of credit via WebAdvisor with course code YM 3910 or CEDF 6310.


Intelligence, Education and Youth Ministry: A Dialogue on the Stats and Facts

Led by Dr. Daniel White Hodge, Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies, and Dr. Rebecca Nelson, Dean of the School of Education

Kunjufu and Alexander’s research lays the foundation for this workshop, which addresses the statistics and facts of what intelligence and education look like for those most at risk for the school to prison pipeline, both at school and in their communities.

Racial – Economic – Moral Aspects of the US Juvenile Violence Problem and Need for a True Restorative Justice System

Led by Dr. Bruce Bonecutter, The Isaac Ray Center, Inc (Mental Health Services for Cook County Juvenile Detention Center), and Cliff Nellis, CEO of Lawndale Christian Legal Center

This workshop looks at detention center models and neighborhood/community models for methods of restorative justice for communities and youth at risk for the school to prison pipeline.


Defeating Despair

led by Romal Tune, Faith for Change and author of God’s Graffiti

Empowering young people to counter despair with determination.


8:00 am Registration and breakfast
8:30 Opening session
9:45 Break
10:00 Workshop option 1
11:30 Lunch
12:30 pm Workshop option 2
2:00 Break (5 minutes)
2:05 Workshop option 3
3:35 Break
3:45–4:30 Closing session with FAQ panel

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