A more promising path forward

With your support, we can change a child’s life trajectory through engagement and empowerment.

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The key is unlocking that potential.

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The opportunity to begin again

It all begins with the commitment to change.

This isn't just a safety net.
This is a safety network.

The Judge Dinkins Educational Center provides juvenile vocational training in Davidson County for adolescents who might be at risk or engaged with the juvenile or criminal justice system. The Center’s programs are supported by social and emotional learning and focused on sustainable, hands-on education for long-term employment.

 

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A Model of Service & Civic Leadership: Judge Richard Dinkins

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In 2021, four members of the Nashville community recognized the need for an organization to serve adolescents who are at risk for a life in the correctional system. Knowing an education can transform a generation, these four founded the Judge Dinkins Educational Center, a juvenile vocational and prevocational center serving members of the community who are at risk of being in or are already in the juvenile or criminal justice system.

Within the next five years, the JDEC will offer classes and internships in pre-construction, automotive repair, and pre-apprenticeship programs. The center will deliver nationally-recognized best practices in the field of vocational training through technology, instruction, faculty, and resources.

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