JCAP (Juvenile & Capital Advocacy Project)

David Dow Prof. Dow, Founder, Juvenile & Capital Advocacy Project

JCAP’s mission is to reduce juvenile crime and delinquency and improve the long-term educational success rates and life outcomes for socially and economically disadvantaged juveniles.

In a 2012 TEDx talk that has been viewed more than 1.4 million times, Professor Dow observed that more than 80 percent of the inmates on death row had contact with the juvenile justice system years before. Dow therefore proposed early intervention in the lives of at-risk juveniles as part of a strategy to improve the lives of socially and economically disadvantaged youth and thereby decrease adult crime.  JCAP is being developed to help implement that strategy.

JCAP provides law students a valuable opportunity to engage with the community and meet with local professionals through its mentoring program.

In the future, JCAP will provide law students the opportunity to assist attorneys in providing a variety of essential legal services to juveniles involved with the justice system, including:
sealing and expunging records of juveniles and young adults who qualify to have their juvenile records sealed; providing assistance to juveniles and young adults in securing driver’s licenses; creating or modifying child support orders; helping parents in obtaining and retaining custody of their children; helping victims of domestic violence by obtaining protective and restraining orders; and other ancillary legal services.

Mentoring Program Requirements, Fall 2014

Mentors must make a one-year commitment; it is an academic year, from late August through early June.

Prior to the commencement of the year, prospective mentors must attend a six-hour training session and a one-hour orientation.  Training: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014, 9am-5pm or Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 (pick one)

Mentors must meet once a week, for at least 30 minutes, with their mentees and adhere to JCAP’s mentoring protocol. These meetings will occur either at the WALIPP school (located on Southmore, in the Third Ward), or at apartment community centers.  As will be discussed at the mentor training, some meetings may also occur at other venues, with the approval of JCAP staff.

As called for by the JCAP mentoring protocol, mentors must submit brief on-line reports following each mentoring session.

Mentors must also participate in a monthly group activity with other pairs of mentors-mentees. 

Contact Erin Osborn (ebosborn@central.uh.edu; 713-743-1011) if you are interested in being a mentor.

For more information see http://www.jcaptexas.org