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Janine Weisenbeck

Janine Weisenbeck grew up in Toronto, Canada and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. She is currently a Master of Social Work student at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University with a specialized focus on children and families and related policy. Prior to joining CDF, Janine worked with students at an inner-city school, as well as with victims of domestic violence. Janine is interested in attending law school to become a legal advocate for children in Family Court proceedings or to earn a Ph.D in social work to provide direct clinical services to children who have endured trauma.

Janine is interning in the Early Education Policy Department, but is currently researching the educational opportunities/programs that are provided to youth in the juvenile justice system, with a particular emphasis on Title I, Part D (aka Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk Youth) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Given the impending reauthorization of ESEA, CDF is making several recommendations pertaining to youth in the juvenile justice system, including increased Title I, Part D funding and improved quality of educational services provided in juvenile justice systems — all of which are thought to reduce recidivism and the likelihood of such youth dropping out of school and/or falling into the cradle to prison pipeline. In essence, Janine's work is contributing to these initiatives.

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