Justice Scholars
Supporting Formerly Incarcerated & Systems Impacted Students

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The Justice Scholars Program (JSP) is a student support program housed within Student Equity at Long Beach City College.  

The mission of Long Beach City College’s Justice Scholars Program is to create an inclusive, equitable, and just campus environment for Formerly Incarcerated and System Impacted Students. Through building community, the team is dedicated to promoting awareness and identifying the challenges students face. We are committed to providing educational, social, and professional tools needed to reduce recidivism and increase persistence. Our goal is to support students from reentry to graduation and/or transfer. 

JSP is a part of the CCCO’s Rising Scholars Network.

NOTE: Formerly incarcerated person refers to anyone who has been in a carceral setting and is now released. Systems impacted include those who have been incarcerated, those with arrests/convictions, but no incarceration, and those who have been directly impacted by a family member who has been incarcerated.

Requirements to Participate – Prospective Students

If you are interested in joining the Justice Scholars Program, please complete our Get Connected Form. Our team will reach out to schedule an intake appointment to go over the program.  

Eligibility
  • Students who identify as formerly incarcerated or systems impacted are eligible.   
  • Must have 0+ units and be enrolled

Program Elements & Services - Current Students 

  • 1-on-1 Educational Assistance 
    • JSP staff are dedicated individuals that assist students from start to finish. 
    • Appointments are available via phone, email, and zoom. 
  • Intro to Higher Education 
    • Matriculation Steps: LBCC Application / Financial Aid  
    • Counseling 
    • Course Load Assistance: Registration / Schedule Review / Book Review  
  • Direct Supports *dependent on funding & availability*  
    • Textbook Loan Opportunities 
    • Technology Loan Program 
    • Free Grocery Access  
    • School Supplies  
  • Specialized Workshops
  • LBCC Resource Referrals (On-campus) 
    • Program & Services 
    • Technology Assistance 
    • Scholarship, Transfer Services, Career Services 
  • Community Resource Referrals (Off-campus)  
    • Housing, legal, health, food, employment  
    • Provided on a case-by-case basis all dependent on community partners and availability of resources.

Support Network

LBCC Justice Scholars Student Club 

The Justice Scholars Student club has been on campus since 2016. If you are interested in participating in the club, please contact the Faculty Club Advisor. The club meets every Monday at 5:30 pm. For more info, please contact Dr. Annahita Mahdavi

CCCO Rising Scholars Network

Rising Scholars Network is a network of California Community Colleges committed to serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students by providing degree-granting programs in correctional facilities and on-campus support for students who have experienced the criminal justice system. 

CSU Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a program that supports the higher education and successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals wishing to enroll and succeed at California State University. By connecting students with critical resources, Project Rebound constructs an alternative to the revolving door policy of mass incarceration and increases community strength and safety. 

UC Underground Scholars

Underground Scholars was started in the Spring of 2013 by formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted students at UC Berkeley as the Underground Scholars Initiative (USI), a student organization. USI is building the prison-to-school pipeline through recruitment, retention, and advocacy for incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted students. They currently have established and developing chapters at various UC campuses across California.

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