Image by Jon Tyson

Project SLEYA's Youth Justice Rights & Reform Track will explore the intersection of criminal justice, poverty and race through the the juvenile justice system.  The service-learning trip will take place in Atlanta, Georgia TBD Dates.  During the trip, each day will include a 6-8 hour service project during the day and 1.5 - 2 hours curricular content during the evening.  Service experiences will include working with incarcerated youth and with community organizations committed to reducing recidivism and reforming the criminal justice system. The service-learning curriculum will cover a variety of topics and content. Guests speakers may include local activists, formerly incarcerated community members, law enforcement, and lawyers. 

After the service-learning trip, participants will reunite for a monthly leadership, service, and/or social experience, which will further their understanding of youth justice issues in their community and connect them local leaders and organizations doing youth justice work. As a culminating project, participants will work together to design and implement a community engagement project in the central Ohio community that aligns with the Youth Justice theme and encompasses their complete Project SLEYA experience. 



  • 18 - 22 Years of Age

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • No college degree (*exceptions for Associate degrees may be considered)

  • Experience/comfortable with traveling to and around large cities

  • Passion for/strong interest in service-learning and social change

  • Basic understanding of social justice, diversity and inclusion concepts

  • Flexibility/adaptability, teamwork and collaboration, high level of maturity and responsibility

  • Resident of Franklin county or neighboring county;

  • Or current student at a college in Franklin county or neighboring county



  • Deepen understanding various social justice issues and how to address them

  • Develop understanding of personal communication and leadership styles

  • Opportunity to practice critical thinking, facilitation, and problem solving skills

  • Opportunity to network with community activists and leaders in the cities where we serve

  • Option for Internship/Independent study credit (at the discretion of participant’s school/professor)

  • Opportunity to travel and experience cultural immersion in a new/different city

  • Mentorship, resources, and a support network to address social issues in home community

  • Develop meaningful relationships with peers