Center for Service & Social Action

Youth For Justice – 8th Grade

What is it?

Youth for Justice (YFJ) is an 8th grade tutoring program that brings JCU tutors into classrooms in Cleveland and East Cleveland to educate elementary students about citizenship and justice.  Falling under the We the People service learning program, YFJ tutors help facilitate research and prepare students for a Showcase Event in the spring. Tutors try to stay with the same classroom for the entire academic year. JCU partners with the Ohio Center for Law Related Education who provides the material for this program.

How does it work?

JCU tutors, in teams of three or four, go to their designated classroom weekly to teach lessons based on the Youth for Justice handbook. Tutors meet with their teams weekly and submit lesson plans.  The student coordinator for the program provides lesson plan ideas each month and the WTP staff supports teams by helping them shape the lessons. Handbooks are signed out to YFJ teams for each semester they are involved in the program to help them prepare the lessons.

What is the main objective?

JCU tutors assist in preparing the students for the Youth for Justice Showcase Event held at John Carroll each spring.  8th grade students create teams of four or five students to research a topic of injustice.  At the Showcase Event, these teams present the background of the problem, along with their proposed solutions.  Judges, (including local leaders, police officers, lawyers, and community members) score the teams’ presentations and give them feedback.  An awards ceremony, including lunch, follows the competition.  The winner of this competition is invited to Columbus to compete in the state level Youth for Justice competition.

How do I get involved?

  • Email wethepeople@jcu.edu to become a prospective tutor.
  • Visit our service activities page on the CSSA website to see if any of the 8th grade classrooms fit your schedule.
  • Attend the informational sessions or call the Center for Service and Social Action at 397-4698 or visit us in AD 32 (down the hall from Einsteins in the Admin Bldg) to sign up for a team and a classroom.
  • Ask your professors if this service will fulfill a service-learning requirement.
  • And get ready to connect with kids who are ready to connect with you!