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Our Fellowship Program brings in young nonprofit professionals to help Discovering run and support its programs. The Fellowship Program provides focused and experiential training to help them develop and learn skills to set them up for success in nonprofit careers. Since the Fellowship program started in the Fall of 2020, Discovering Justice has hosted 18 Fellows through its 4 classes.
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The Mock Trial and Mock Appeal Programs are the signature programs of Discovering Justice. Bringing together all the players for eleven week sessions in the fall and spring - Teachers, legal mentors, Judges, courthouses and students - provides an incredible experience for a middle schooler to learn first hand the workings of the justice system, wrestling with the concepts and ideals of justice and fairness, and learning core skills such as public speaking and the ability to be a critical thinker and to see both sides of an issue. This year we had 25 teams and there is demand from schools, all across the Commonwealth to do this program. We are working to have more teams in Boston and the dozens of Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth.
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We have updated our Children Discovering Justice Program to provide civic education programs to students starting in Kindergarten. We teach students about 'small j' justice - how to treat their classmates and friends and what fairness means out on the playground. We also talk about 'Big J' justice issues too and how our democracy has set up a justice system to address community issues such as the environment, immigration, and voting rights. We are unique among other civic education groups in that we start students as early as Kindergarten. We are planting the seeds for students to engage, protect and strengthen our democracy.
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Led by Outreach and Recruitment Associate Malia Brooks we are working aggressively to bring our civic education programs to cities that may not have the resources to provide K-12 programs. Thirty years ago, the Commonwealth urged school systems to focus on Math and English/Language Arts and STEM, often leaving social studies and Civics behind. We need to rebuild our civic education infrastructure with updated curriculum and professional development for teachers. We are excited about this public- private nonprofit partnership where Discovering Justice can partner with school systems to help provide robust and dynamic civic education, Our outreach this year helped us build a base ion Springfield, a city hungry for civic education for its youth. From that base, we will be able to approach other Western Massachusetts towns.
Fund a Need- $250$250
Our Field Trips bring in students to the Moakley Courthouse to help them understand the unique architect of the space. Just look at the windows! In the older grades students get to sit in and watch trials and later sit down with the Judge to talk about the case.
Many school systems do not have money allocated for buses for field trips. By making a $250 contribution, you can help make the Courthouse accessible to all the schools in Boston and in Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth.
Fund a Need- $100$100
Stipend to bring a Guest Speaker into a classroom or a Courthouse Panel Event to one of our events. One of thing things that make Discovering Justice Programs special is our connections to the