At CEEAS we believe in the power of reading–for fun, to explore worlds beyond your own, to dream and wonder. Through Unbound, we offer students in juvenile justice agencies across the country the chance to participate in a nationwide readathon each February. Forty-four sites participated in 2015 and ninety sites participated in 2016.
At CEEAS we know how powerful it can be to read poetry and to write and express yourself using poetry. So, each April we sponsor Words Unlocked, our nationwide poetry initiative and contest. In 2015, over 1,000 students submitted poems to the contest. We expect nearly double that in 2016.
We believe students in juvenile justice facilities deserve the chance to develop their technology skills, even while they are incarcerated. So we developed Start from Scratch, a technology-driven initiative that offers students held in juvenile justice facilities the chance to learn coding skills. We held our first Start from Scratch competition in the fall of 2014. Due to high demand we ran the initiative again in the fall of 2015.
The holiday season can be particularly challenging for students held in juvenile justice settings–as they are away from home and loved ones. At CEEAS we address this through Sending Some Love, our holiday book recording project. Sending Some Love gives young people who are locked up an opportunity to share, express themselves, and combat their feelings of loneliness and isolation during the holiday season.
As a part of our commitment to increasing students’ in juvenile justice settings exposure to technology, we encourage teachers to participate in the worldwide Hour of Code week that runs in December of each year. The Hour of Code, organized by Code.org, introduces students of all ages and grade levels to computer science by having them complete an hour-long coding activity.