The Social Justice Education Project offers University of Pittsburgh upper-level law, social work, and education students the opportunity to teach 11th grade students at The Neighborhood Academy High School located in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
The Neighborhood Academy is an independent, college preparatory school that provides a holistic education and works to break the cycle of generational poverty. Currently, all of the Academy students are Black.
Pitt students will work with Pitt and Academy faculty to develop and teach a core social justice course for the Academy’s junior class. They will introduce Academy students to selected constitutional law concepts and cases, the social history that informs the cases, and critical race theory. Pitt students will also prepare Academy students to participate in a national moot appellate moot court competition sponsored by the Marshall-Brennan Center on Constitutional Literacy. In addition, Pitt students will work with Academy students to develop and implement actual social justice projects in the Pittsburgh community.