Youth Justice and Education Services
The Education Defense and Justice for Youth program works to keep youth – particularly youth who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color – in school and out of the legal system. Our mission is to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by challenging the marginalization and criminalization of youth in their schools and communities. We provide free legal advice and representation regarding:
- Juvenile court cases
- Sealing of juvenile court records (juvenile “clean slate” services)
- School expulsion hearings and Manifestation Determination Review meetings
- Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Section 504 plans, and other specialized supports for students, particularly for students who are facing discipline or court involvement
We also offer social work services to clients needing additional support.
How to Access Our Services
Please call (510) 982-7695 or email EDJYintake@ebclc.org. Clearly state your full name, your phone number, your availability for a call, and a brief description of your issue.
Eligibility for Services
We will determine your eligibility for services after we have completed an intake assessment. In general, our services are available to youth in grades K-12 who live in or attend school in Alameda County.
For information about other service providers who may be able to help with your issue, please see our Youth Justice and Education referrals page.