King County Youth Advisory Council
School to Prison Pipeline Film Project
Inspired by conversations in the King County Youth Advisory Council, the School to Prison Pipeline film project is a documentary examining how the education and juvenile punishment system disproportionately impact students of color in King County. Led by youth most impacted by the issue, this project places young people in the role of story tellers where they engage critically and creatively with digital media to create social change. This project also works to uplift youth voice while providing project participants with tangible skills like video production, critical thinking/analysis, and project planning/execution. Our goal for this project is to engage with opportunity youth in a way that is personally meaningful while educating and informing our community and decision makers on the school to prison pipeline.
Looking at the Stats
Black and Brown students account for 55.8% of out-of-school suspension despite representing one-quarter of the Seattle Schools District population.
Using predicted probabilities, Black students are over 20% more likely to receive exclusionary discipline than their white peers for fighting.
Nearly 50% of youth incarcerated in Seattle are Black, and 19% are Latino.
Data shows students suspended or expelled for a discretionary violation are three times more likely to be in contact with the juvenile justice system the following year.
Our Project Timeline
Project Application Open
Soar and the King County Youth Advisory Council begin accepting application for our film project. We wanted to make sure that the project was led by youth most impacted by the issue hence prioritizing applicants that had personal or professional experience with school discipline and/or Juvenile Incarceration.