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During the summer of 2013 Philip interned with the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS) to develop and implement a risk reassessment tool for court-involved youth. DC DYRS is at the forefront of a national movement to secure positive, community-based services and placements for young people.
He concluded the summer by briefing the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, issuing recommendations related to assessment administration, case planning, and case management at the agency.
At the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS) I constantly grappled with the relationship between public safety and planning effective interventions for youth. Throughout my time at HKS, the staff at PCJ have encouraged me to think about these issues by taking a holistic approach to criminal justice.
Philip is pursuing a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). His policy interests include juvenile justice, law enforcement, child welfare, and US local government.
He previously worked in New Orleans education reform from 2008-2012. Philip first taught at an alternative school for expelled and previously incarcerated youth and received an honor from the superintendent for student achievement gap closure.
In 2011 Philip led his students at a KIPP charter school to register the highest upper-quartile achievement levels in the New Orleans Recovery School District. The following school year he managed a teaching team at a charter that earned Top Gains School designation by the Louisiana Department of Education. Philip has also developed and coached novice teachers with Teach for America.
Learn more about student opportunities with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).