Open City Advocates (formerly Mentoring Today) fills two gaping holes in the juvenile justice system.
1. Because children sentenced by DC’s juvenile court do not receive adequate protections, we provide zealous individualized representation and mentoring; and
2. Because the juvenile justice system too often fails the children it is intended to serve, we catalyze systemic improvements that will benefit all youth.
Our law student mentor-advocates support youth who have been sentenced in the juvenile system both during and after incarceration. Measurable outcomes include successful reintegration, protection of due process rights, and systemic improvements for the education, employment, and housing of at-risk youth. The data shows clear results – our mentees are reconvicted at one-third the rate of their peers who do not receive our services.