Youth Justice Ambassadorjabalogu@TexasCJC.org
Jemima Abalogu is a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. She serves her community as a founder and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 72 in Scouts BSA (the first all-female troop in the Westlake and Bee Cave areas). In 2017, she was awarded first place in the Equal Justice Initiative’s Racial and Economic Injustice essay contest for her original work, “We Cannot Forget: A Continuation of Police Brutality Against Black Youth.” Additionally, Jemima was one of 52 students selected nationally to attend the Telluride Association’s Sophomore Seminar at Cornell University, studying the concept and role that race plays in our society. Most recently, she was one of 10 young people across the country selected to join the "Power Table" of the Visionary Freedom Fund; she and other members will partner with funders to allocate $1 million in grants to the youth justice field. Jemima hopes to study political science and social policy in college and ultimately earn her Juris Doctor. As a Policy Associate at TCJC, Jemima is researching the ill effects of zero-tolerance policies in schools and the benefits of implementing restorative justice programs.