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Youth Advocacy Foundation Inc

Working to ensure equitable access to quality education and to shut down the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Tax ID 04-3583353


The Youth Advocacy Foundation (YAF) is the parent organization of the EdLaw Project, whose mission is to end the School-to-Prison Pipeline by ensuring that our state’s most vulnerable children receive a quality education through expert legal advocacy. The EdLaw team has the unique ability to support court-involved youth because YAF is the non-profit arm of the Massachusetts juvenile public defenders: the Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). EdLaw attorneys are embedded within a network of nearly 1000 staff and private-assigned counsel across Massachusetts. As experts on education advocacy, the EdLaw Project is leveraging this network to equip the juvenile bar with specialized tools to ensure all court-involved children are getting what they need to be successful in school. By advancing education advocacy, the EdLaw Project seeks to address one of the root causes of the school-to-prison pipeline: inadequate support in schools of our Commonwealth's most vulnerable youth, including low-income students, children of color, and those with disabilities, trauma, or other special education needs.