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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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Recent Work

Students in Puerto Rico Defend Their Right to Affordable Education

As funding for education is slashed, students and professors in Puerto Rico are emerging as the frontline critics of austerity.

Book Launch—Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Pushout supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless black girls out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.

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.