Look for the launch of our newly named organization and website coming soon.
In the spring of 2013, the JTBF board of directors and advisory council, facilitated by JTBF staff, voted to change the organization name from Just The Beginning Foundation (JTBF) to Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization (JTB-APO) to more clearly define its overall mission and vision.
We have served the community for over twenty years through sustainable education programs that provide skills based learning for youth. JTBF offers educational and inspirational programming and follow up to under-served youth from disadvantaged economic backgrounds at no cost to participants as we lay the foundation for their educational and professional excellence. JTBF provides a pathway to success for young adults through a learning and mentoring experience, which enables and encourages participants to explore the possibility, through academic achievement, of entering the law as their chosen career.
JTBF offers year-round programs that not only support and encourage general academic success but we work specifically to nurture an interest in the law for diverse and other under-exposed students starting at the middle-school level, intensive summer workshops for high schoolers, externship opportunities with federal judges including intensive pre-placement training, and post graduation clerkships. Through education, mentorship and outreach, JTBF supports and encourages the highest levels of educational achievement of our students. As JTBF scholars continue their education, we also provide them with resources to succeed to and through law school and beyond, including preparatory materials for the LSAT and law school admissions, advanced critical thinking exercises, and assistance in obtaining judicial externships and/or clerkship experience.
Just The Beginning Foundation® is pleased to invite all qualified students to apply for the 2014 JRC-JTB Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project. Please click here to be directed to the application page. The deadline to apply is January 6, 2014.
The JRC-JTB Judicial Internship Project is entering its fourth year and has been a highly successful diversity pipeline program. The minority student and attorney applicant pool for federal clerkships is very limited. We want to encourage more students of color to compete for judicial internships and clerkships. In the three years since the JRC-JTB Summer Judicial Internship Project began, nine former JRC-JTB interns have been offered post-graduate clerkships. Add your name to our list of alumni serving as law clerks to judges and apply today!
The generosity of our donors and partners makes these programs and activities possible: please click here to donate to JTBF.Thank you for your support of Just The Beginning Foundation, our mission, and our programs!
Ron Safer, Managing Partner at Schiff Hardin, discusses why diversity and supporting JTBF is important to the firm: