Denver Youth Lead Police and Schools to Sign Historic Agreement

DPD Chief White and DPS Superintendent Boasberg Signing the Intergovernmental Agreement

DPD Chief White and DPS Superintendent Boasberg Signing the Intergovernmental Agreement

Padres y Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) youth leaders – supported by two Public Interest Projects collaborative funds, the Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) and Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER) – helped facilitate a historic Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) signed between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Police Department. The IGA outlines concrete steps to limit reliance on school policing and serves as a model for cities around the nation striving to strengthen partnerships between communities, education, and law enforcement.

Reflecting on the IGA, PJU Youth Leader Tori Ortiz said, “I have had friends get suspended and ticketed for minor offenses, and I saw how that affected them as students and took away from their potential.  It put them on the wrong track, and I recognized this.  And I wanted to find out what I could do to change it.  As students, we researched best practices for (these agreements) from around the country and proposed our solutions to Denver Public Schools and Denver Police Department.”  Denver Police Department Chief Robert White emphasized, “We have, as the police, no desire to be disciplinarians.  That’s not our job.  That’s the parents’ job, that’s the schools’ job.  Our job is to deal with serious violations of the law….”

Read more about Padres y Jóvenes Unidos and other Just and Fair Schools Fund developments in the latest JFSF newsletter.

Wall Street Journal article on Bay Area Immigrants Cites Four Freedoms Fund, Public Interest Projects and Unbound


Mission Asset Fund Adapts a Traditional Practice to Help Some Undocumented Residents Apply Under a New U.S. Program

Four Freedoms Fund, a project of New York-based Public Interest Projects, supports organizations working with “Dreamers” to offset the cost of legal services and overall processing, as well as broader comprehensive immigration reform. Unbound Philanthropy, another New York-based nonprofit, is joining Public Interest Projects’ effort through a “rapid response” fund to support workshops to prepare DACA-eligible immigrants before they begin the application process. And the Hispanic Federation has earmarked $50,000 for grants to needy families for their DACA application fees in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.

Read full article:  Immigrants Get Lending Hand to Get Legal