Last week, I traveled with my fellow co-workers to Durham, North Carolina, where the organization was holding its yearly forum. At the forum, members of the organization had a chance to convene, connect, and exchange ideas and advice about a wide range of issues that they are working on. The forum has been the main focus around the office during the last couple of weeks, as everyone contributed in order to iron out last-minute nuances and make sure everything would go according to plan. I was constantly inspired by the hard work and dedication of my co-workers, who all contributed countless hours prior to and during the event, making it easy for me to follow suite. The forum itself was an amazing experience. Here, I was given the opportunity to meet some professionals who are doing amazing work in the juvenile justice field. During the three days, I was able to listen to panels of experts discussing an array of topics such as the school-to-prison pipeline and restorative justice practices. In addition, I engaged in meaningful conversations that challenged some of my prior knowledge on juvenile justice issues and left me with a whole new host of questions and curiosities. Overall, the forum experience was another example of how valuable this internship has been for me, as I left Durham with an even deeper interest and passion about juvenile justice and a better understanding of all the work that needs to be done.
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