The school-to-prison pipeline is a national trend wherein youth are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal legal systems. Many of these youth are Black or Brown, have disabilities, or histories of poverty, abuse, or neglect, and would benefit from additional supports and resources. Instead, they are isolated, punished, and pushed out. We all have a commitment to challenge the school-to-prison pipeline and fight for the rights of all students to receive a quality education. We believe that every child deserves a chance to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances. We are working to ensure that all students have access to the resources they need to thrive, and that schools are safe and supportive environments for learning. We will continue to fight until every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Changed By The Forkfull is an organization that provides a refuge for these children and gives them an opportunity to change their lives through culinary arts. At Changed By The Forkfull, these young people receive the support they need to heal from trauma and build positive futures. They also receive training in the culinary arts, which can help them find stable employment and build successful careers.