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Education & Youth in the United States

Education & Youth in the United States

The Open Society Foundations support efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and to help young people achieve in and out of the classroom, prepare for college and careers, and become fully engaged citizens.

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Creating Sustainable Farms, One Abandoned Prison at a Time

In this Soros Justice Fellow’s initiative, guard towers become climbing walls, jail cells sprout organic gardens, and at-risk youth cultivate a brighter future.

From the Front Lines in Ferguson: A Conversation about Policing, Race, and Justice  

Open Society grantees discuss the context of racially charged troubles in Ferguson, Missouri, and current prospects for change.

School Discipline Book Launch with Dan Losen and Marsha Weissman  

Celebrating the publication of two important new books, this event highlights some of the latest research on school discipline and will present substantive solutions for the future.

Games for Change  

Asi Burak, president of Games for Change, presents an overview of the latest case studies, trends, challenges, and success stories in the growing field of digital games designed for social impact.

Building the Civil Society of Tomorrow Means Investing in Teachers Today  

An estimated 250 million children globally lack the skills essential to civic participation. To end this learning crisis, we must ensure that all children have teachers who are trained, motivated, and connected.

Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life

Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster share the latest research and personal anecdotes in their new book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life.