ABOUT BJN

Barry J. Nidorf (BJN) Juvenile Hall serves as a temporary holding facility for juvenile detainees during their court proceedings.

COURSES

In Spring 2017, Bryonn Bain led the pilot course entitled “Lyrical Minded: Narratives of Justice” at BJN. This class was linked to a UCLA campus-based course, “Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline: Arts, Activism and Agency,” which was cross-listed between African American Studies, Education, Chicana/o Studies. The course allowed a dozen UCLA students to participate weekly at the juvenile hall and nearly 50 students to meet weekly on campus for classes co-taught by Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.

In Fall 2017, Laurel Butler taught a course called “Narratives of Agency,” which was offered as the second part of spring Arts Education courses offered by the Visual and Performing Arts Program in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

In Winter 2018, Bryon Bain taught a course called, “The Politics and Poetry of Malcom X: Oral History Practicum.”

In Fall 2018, Bryon Bain taught a course called, “Microphone Fiends: Hip Hop and Spoken Word” at BJN and Camp Joseph Scott for girls.

In Winter 2019, Dr. Alex Spokoyny taught a course called, “Analytical Methods in Forensics,” offered by the Department of Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry.

In Spring 2019, Bryonn Bain taught a course, “Legislative Theater for Racial Justice,” which was cross-listed between African American Studies and the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

In Fall 2019, a series of workshops were offered by UCLA Professors and Community Partners.

In Winter 2020, back by popular request from the youth, “The Politics and Poetry of Malcom X: Oral History Practicum,” was offered again.

In Spring 2020, all courses and program were postponed due to COVID-19.

In Fall 2020, a series of workshops is currently being offered by UCLA Professors and Community Partners.

Upcoming Courses

Term: Winter 2021
Course: CSI: Analytical Methods in Forensics