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Youth Justice and Youth Advocacy

Why Youth Justice?

  • Help provide opportunity and pathways to success to young people
  • Interesting and contemporary curriculum with a unique focus on positive youth development
  • Prepare for diverse job opportunities in direct service, case management, youth work, administration, legal advocacy, or juvenile policy in nonprofits or government

Why Wheelock?

  • Wheelock focuses specifically on youth, unlike broader criminal justice programs
  • Emphasizes social justice and positive youth development
  • Close relationships with faculty who have extensive experience as practitioners
  • College-wide mission to improve the lives of children and families

Wheelock College and Boston University have reached an agreement to merge as of June 1, 2018 and we are no longer accepting new applications. As a prospective applicant to Wheelock College, we hope you will be interested in applying to Boston University.

Millions of youth come in contact with the U.S. legal system each year, and hundreds of thousands will be placed in locked settings. The youth justice system has a mandate that stresses both rehabilitation and punishment. Unfortunately, our system often relies on punishment and fails to rehabilitate. In our program, we strive to imagine and create more effective prevention and response strategies for youth at risk. Our dual goal is to support youth and families, and ensure the safety of our communities.

You will learn about the youth justice system and how to work with youth and families inside and outside of the legal system. Your preparation will be firmly grounded in an understanding of adolescent development.

Youth Justice and Advocacy Program Options

In addition to a major and minor in Youth Justice and Advocacy, you can double major with one of our Arts and Sciences majors. You may also double-major in Social Work.

As a Youth Justice student, you will develop strong writing, speaking and problem-solving skills. In addition, you will become a leader who understands the value of true community collaboration and is well-equipped to work with and on behalf of youth in a wide range of settings.

A Specific Focus on Youth

Unlike most criminal justice programs, Wheelock's program focuses exclusively on teens and their families. You will explore the challenges facing young people from multiple perspectives, analyzing both individuals and broader societal trends.

A Belief in Positive Development

Another difference between our program and traditional criminal justice programs is our emphasis on positive youth development. Our curriculum touches on prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation strategies, and other subjects related to social justice. Also, the importance of social supports—i.e. helping at-risk youth foster the skills and capacities to stay on the right path and succeed in adulthood—is a much higher priority.

Hands-on Experience

Wheelock students leave the program with not only a diploma and certificate, but also a solid resume, clear career goals and pathways to job opportunities in the juvenile justice system. You will gain a sharper understanding of the conditions and circumstances that place youth at risk through a service-learning, community-based senior capstone project; a 200-hour, supervised practicum; and other hands-on experiences. Recent internship sites include:

  • Boston Police Department School Resource Officer Unit
  • Boston Superior Court Probation Department
  • Children's Law Center
  • Community Transition School (public school for court-involved youth)
  • Committee of Public Counsel Youth Advocacy Department
  • EdLaw Project (educational advocacy program)
  • Phoenix Charter Academy
  • Rhode Island Juvenile Drug Court
  • Sociedad Latina (youth leadership and afterschool programs)
  • Suffolk County District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Advocate's Office
  • Youth Advocacy Project (public defender program)

Sample Courses

  • Causes and Prevention of Delinquency
  • Integrative Seminar in Juvenile Justice
  • Introduction to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Law
  • Juvenile Intervention and Advocacy

Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our classes are small, allowing you to build close relationships with faculty. Our professors have extensive experience as practitioners in areas including psychology, forensics, corrections, youth work, advocacy and law.

Preparing for the Future

Program graduates work in fields such as law, policy, politics, education and corrections. This major also serves as excellent preparation for areas of graduate study including criminal justice/criminology, education, law, psychology, public policy, research, social work, and sociology.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Advocacy and networking
  • Community and family engagement
  • Conflict resolution/facilitation
  • Youth work
  • Legal knowledge
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Program development and implementation
  • Relationship building

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