Urban Youth Justice selected to conduct a school equity workshop at the School’s Out Washington Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back Conference in Seattle! (October 8 & 9, 2012)

Urban Youth Justice will be conducting an exciting interactive workshop on closing the expanded learning opportunity gap for students of color with racially and culturally inclusive extended learning programs.

Urban Youth Justice Director Ernest Saadiq Morris will facilitate the workshop session with afterschool and youth development leaders from across Washington State and nation-wide. More details to come, as we look forward to an exciting and productive workshop and Bridge conference!
The Bridge From School to Afterschool and Back is a two-day conference held 
in the heart of downtown Seattle. Bridge brings together afterschool and youth development (AYD) professionals, school leaders (e.g. superintendents, principals and classroom teachers), funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and business leaders from across the country. The Conference focuses on research, cutting-edge resources and strategies relevant to strengthening the services that youth (in grades K-12) receive both in and out of school.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 (Palm Springs, CA) – BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference
Town Hall:
The State of Equity in After-School/Out-of-School: How Extended Learning Opportunity Meets Diverse Student Needs
Ernest Saadiq Morris, Esq., Director, Urban Youth Justice Initiative (Urban Youth Justice), Seattle, WA

Ernest Saadiq Morris will lead a dynamic, no-holds-barred Town Hall discussion on how after-school/out-of-school programming is meeting the equity challenges presented by a rapidly diversifying student population.

An overview of current issues and challenges created by diverse student subgroups, based on ethnic origin, nationality, race, gender, special needs, language, sexual orientation, and poverty (to name only a few). We will discuss the obstacles to maximizing the involvement of all student groups, as well as using grassroots organizing strategies to overcome them, e.g., inclusive communication strategies, and identifying barriers to participation. Also, cautionary tales of mistakes that your program will want to avoid.

A unique opportunity to share ideas, experiences, and the best practices for facilitating access to Out-of-School learning opportunities for the diverse student populations of the present and foreseeable future.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Ernest Saadiq Morris, ask questions, and learn by collaboratively challenging each other to reach higher levels of effectiveness within your own programming!


Saturday April 21, 2012 (Seattle) – 8:00AM – 2:00PM – The Youth & Law Forum – MLK FAME Community Center – A Free Event!

Ernest Saadiq Morris of Urban Youth Justice will address the school-to-prison pipeline issues regarding school suspensions. Join us at this free community event!

FLYER – Seattle 2012 Youth and Law Conference_front

REGISTRATION FORM – 2012 Youth and Law Conference



Join Ernest Saadiq Morris for a presentation and community discussion about the disproportionate special education placement of students of color, particularly Black, Latino, and English Language Learners students, that denies them their right to equal educational opportunity. Facilitator: Ernest Saadiq Morris, Director, Urban Youth Justice

“We will find a way. Or make one.” – Hannibal


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