Our Prototyping Journey
How we are testing our idea
This is an entirely new way of thinking about how to solve a problem. This will be incredibly useful for Philadelphia, even beyond this project.City Hall Staff
Philadelphia will build a physical mock-up of the space where youths would be processed through the justice system and conduct walk-throughs with justice officials, youths and families.
"In Philadelphia last year, about 2,000 youth were brought in by police for infractions that would send them to the Juvenile Justice Hub. Many were not charged with anything, before being sent home with little or no follow up. It’s those kids who could hopefully be diverted—not just for their sake, but for all of ours." Philadelphia Citizen
One way we're testing our idea
The Philadelphia team built a physical mock-up of the Hub in a school gymnasium where they role-played different interactions youth would encounter in the space. The test invited parents and young people who have experienced the justice system to respond to the proposed service. The test highlighted concerns from young people around safety and also helped the team think about what data and metrics they want to collect, e.g. tracking whether people will be accessing services after they leave.
Young people are so excited to have a voice, particularly when it’s something that directly affects them.Rhonda McKitten, Stoneleigh Fellow, Philadelphia Police Department