There were numerous highlights of my fellowship trip, some of which included:
- Participating in the inaugural School-Justice Partnerships fellowship program at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, which gave me a strong foundation of knowledge for the rest of my study and connected me to many experts in the field.
- Spending three days at the Clayton County Juvenile Court, learning about the pioneering “Teske Model” of school-justice partnerships.
- Meeting Marlies Spanjaard in Boston, who introduced me to the holistic educational advocacy work of the EdLaw Project.
- Learning about the close connection between practice, research and policymaking in the Scottish youth justice system, demonstrated through the work of the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice.
- Observing the work of Apex Scotland to reduce school exclusions in Dunfermline and Levenmouth, through their innovative Inclusion Units.
- My two days with SSP Copenhagen, learning about the Danish approach to youth crime prevention.