Since its founding in 2014, JLUSA’s Leadership Training Institute has provided thousands of directly impacted people across the nation with the expertise, skills, and social capital they need to be effective leaders. Today, JLUSA alumni are founding their own organizations, mounting community-based reform campaigns, sitting on boards and commissions, and advising policymakers. We are providing tools and a connection to resources so they can build local power within their own communities.
So far, JLUSA has trained more than 1,600 people from 45 states and Washington, D.C.
JLUSA’s Leadership Training Institute is built upon three pillars:
Our #2MillionVoices program–named for the number of people in our nation’s jails and prisons–reaches out to those on the inside and invites them to share with us their thoughts, concerns, recommendations, and solutions.
JLUSA is partnering with the Bard Prison Initiative and College & Community Fellowship on the opening of a tuition-free microcollege housed in the Countee Cullen branch of the New York Public Library in Harlem, New York. It is the nation’s first tuition-free college dedicated to advocacy, arts, and sciences, and its first class of students entered in the fall of 2021.
JLUSA is partnering with The American Institutes for Research (AIR), a behavioral and social science research, evaluation, and technical assistance organization based in Washington, D.C., on its COuRSE (Community Outreach for Resilience, Safety & Equity) Community Change Initiative.