Building our community comes through building the lives of these individuals so that they can further their education, social and economic development. Alienation is not just psychological or individual problems but economic, social and community problems as well. There is a need to help marginalized youth who are exiting their respective systems, not to become marginalized adults. Linkage to Education follows an innovative medical (neuro) model to help our students on the road to wellness, self-actualization and success. Our mission: To connect, To engage, To inform, To support, To transform.
The outcomes for foster and probation youth exiting from institutional custody and care and reintegrating back into the community must be improved. Foster and probation youth are going through a multitude of transitions, especially as they make their passage into college (which is crucial for these youth to transcend issues of poverty and health disparities). However the missing link to successful social reintegration is looking at the impact of cognitive development on the adolescent brain of foster and probation youth. The most effective means for foundations, education, social services and criminal/juvenile justice systems to target these problems are to adopt or shift to neuro-based applications for those coming from marginalized backgrounds - otherwise we are just creating better educated probation and foster youth versus better integrated individuals.
Started in 1988 by founder Daren Maeda, Linkage to Education is a non-profit 501(c)(3). Along with our partners and donors, this program has helped literally thousands of foster and probation youth transition into college as well as employ former participants to become part of a growing shift in juvenile rehabilitation.