Investing in Justice: Justice People Deserve, Not Just What They Can Afford

Joanna is a sophomore in high school in Chicago who loves art and dancing and has danced in her high school’s selective dance program since her freshman year.  Her dream is to go to college to study sports medicine or kinesiology and she was working hard to make that possible.

However, a reading evaluation revealed that she was reading at a fourth-grade level and making little progress, and the special education services she was receiving were not proving to be sufficient. With the help of lawyers at the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, one of the many outstanding organizations you are supporting through the Investing in Justice Campaign, Joanna was able to successfully advocate for the school to provide intensive, private reading instruction for her.  And with these private reading instructions, Joanna is now reading at a 10th-grade level.

Today, Joanna’s confidence at school is flourishing. Her goal for this academic year is to achieve a 4.0 GPA – a goal that would have seemed unattainable just one year ago. Joanna is not only confident that she will attend college, but that she has the academic ability to attend the school of her choice.

Through your support of the Investing in Justice Campaign, you are helping ensure more young people in our community like Joanna have access to the education they need to thrive in school and beyond. 

To learn more about the Moran Center and how you can get involved, visit www.moran-center.org.

Your Campaign in Action

  • In 2023, the Campaign made possible more than $2 million in grants and support for the work of more than 30 pro bono and legal aid organizations and related initiatives, helping tens of thousands of people in need like Joanna. 
  • Since 2007, the Campaign has raised more than $20 million, which has leveraged millions more in additional funding through the CBF’s Campaign grant process.