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I was on the verge of dropping out again. CE helped me achieve the same high as I got from drugs and alcohol in ways that wouldn't get me in trouble.
The Fellowship Program comprises young people from all over the city who have demonstrated leadership skills in a prior Critical Exposure program.
This school year, students in Critical Exposure’s Fellowship program focused on ending the School-to-Prison-Pipeline (STPP) by fighting to implement Restorative Justice programs in all D.C. public high schools. This was the Fellowships first ever citywide campaign and our youth threw themselves into their work; documenting the effects of the STPP on their lives and in their schools, meeting with city officials, testifying at DC council hearings, attending conferences, workshops and rallies to spread the word and network with other groups doing similar work.
In the Spring of 2013, Fellows met with principals at their individual schools to discuss implementing peer jury pilot programs and worked to set up conversations with the Chancellor on Education and various D.C. Council Members.
It is our students' goal for all D.C. public high schools to implement restorative justice programs in the Fall of 2013 as a first step towards ending the S.T.P.P.