We Believe We Can Make a Difference
What we know for sure: if we don’t do something differently for the young people who get tangled up in the juvenile justice system largely due to the disadvantages that they’ve faced, the cycles of violence, poverty, discrimination, and homelessness will continue.
The good news is we know what to do. You are part of the solution (or something like that – remove us from the ask – they donate to the awards, not to PbS).
Education and Employment Change Lives
For 27 years PbS Learning Institute has worked to ensure that young people who are placed in the care of juvenile justice agencies receive the education and treatment services they need to be successful when they leave. But as many as seven out of every 10 young people youth who leave a facility fail. What’s the difference? The young people who succeed have been able to overcome the barriers they face to obtain post-secondary education and gain meaningful employment. Research has consistently supported our experience.
In 2016, PbS Learning Institute began offering scholarships for system-involved young people to continue their post-secondary education. We realized immediately the need is huge and that little support meant the difference between going to school and getting into trouble. In 2017, we offered two additional financial awards, one to promote employment for young people while they are incarcerated and a second to ease their reentry to living and thriving independently.
Bridging the Gap to Turn Lives Around
In 2018, we got a call from a young man who had been helped by PbS’ scholarship and employment matching awards. He wanted to say thank you and offered to assist us so more young people like him could be helped. The funding helped change his life course and made his dreams of a better life possible. His call was the spark we needed to take action and create more opportunities for success. The PbS Education and Employment Foundation was established to provide the bridge to ensure more youths get the school and work experiences they need to turn their lives around.
The American dream says no matter where our lives start, we can better our economic and social situation. However, that dream is unobtainable for youths who become involved in the juvenile justice system because they are blocked from college admissions and financial aid, from public housing and jobs.
Join us in giving these youth a chance at the American dream. Invest in #realsecondchances. You will make a difference.