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Thu, Apr 11


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Preventing the School to Prison Pipeline for System Involved Youth

Nola Kesia Brantley & Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

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Preventing the School to Prison Pipeline for System Involved Youth
Preventing the School to Prison Pipeline for System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Apr 11, 2024, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nola Kesia Brantley & Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Training Description

Black and brown students are disproportionately pushed out of the public school system and funneled into the criminal justice system. System-involved youth are at particular risk. It is essential for those who support system involved youth to learn about this topic to advocate and support youth and families impacted by this issue.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to identify at least 2 contributing factors to the school to prison pipeline.

· Participants will be able to identify at least 3 risk factors of involvement in the school to prison pipeline.

· Participants will be able to explain how to have discussions with foster care and juvenile justice involved youth about how school policing impacts them.


11:00-11:15am Topic/Trainer Introduction

11:15-11:30am Current Understanding of School to Prison Pipeline

11:30-11:45am The School to Prison Pipeline Explained

11:45am-12:00pm It Starts Early: Preschools

12:00-12:15pm Juvenile Justice Facilities and School Policing

12:15-12:30pm Contributing Factors: historical oppression

12:30-1:00pm Lunch Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

1:00-1:15pm Contributing Factors: zero tolerance

1:15-1:30pm Contributing Factors: inadequate support

1:30-1:45pm Contributing Factors: suspensions and school policing

1:45-2:00pm Risk Factors

2:00-2:15pm Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

2:15-2:30pm Impact: Homelessness

2:30-2:45pm The Impact: The Juvenile Justice System

2:45-3:00pm School Climate

3:00-3:15pm Restorative Practices

3:15-3:30pm What Can We Do?

3:30-3:45pm Fostering Relationships

3:45-4:00pm Questions/Answers/Wrap-up

Meet Our Trainer

Nola Kesia Brantley, CEO & Founder of Nola Brantley Speaks has become nationally recognized as a powerful Survivor voice for the issue of child sex trafficking through her moving and information packed public speaking. Her hard work and perpetual vigilance has brought both focus and concrete resources to this chronically underserved and largely unrecognized population of victimized youth. Nola’s approach aims to be holistic!

T Ortiz, A.K.A. Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is an international Anti-Trafficking Activist and Foster Youth Advocate. Beginning her work in Oakland as an Inaugural WestCoast Children's Clinic Y.A.P. advocate and a co-collaborator and leader during the inception of M.I.S.S.S.E.Y, advocating for Measure Y funding, and keynoting Alameda County's first HEAT conference. T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with specialized expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic child sex trafficking. Her Federal work was vital in the passing of The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and The JVTA (Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act). In 2021, she was Honored by NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) as a “Hero Award” Recipient. In 2020, she was awarded “The Last Girl Award'' from Apne Aap International (India). In 2014, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the world”, a TIME Magazine “30 under 30” in 2013, and a GLAMOUR Magazine “Woman of the Year '' in 2011. Her work has influenced many organizations including The United Nations, Google, The U.S. Congress, The White House, The American Bar Association, The Aspen Institute, and The Johns Hopkins Institution. Notably, she has led a TEDx talk on Exploring Sexuality after Trauma. She has successfully petitioned the Associated Press to utilize practices conscious of survivor trauma and circumstance with her #NoSuchThingAsAChildProstitute Campaign. T is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Morgan State University holding a degree in Strategic Communications.

This course meets the qualifications for (4.25) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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