How San Mateo County Is Building a 'Prison-to-School' Pipeline

In San Mateo's juvenile detention centers, Project Change encourages youth who have completed high school coursework to enroll in community college classes taught on the campus. Inspired by the promise of programs like these, California lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 716, which would require county probation departments to offer at least online higher ed programs. "Nobody's telling these kids to go to college — that's not on the menu. But when you make that something that's embedded in what they are receiving, that's huge," the founder of Project Change says.

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