Connecting Students to Policy

Child Policy Pathway

Mann Child Policy Externship

Washington, D.C. Policy Experience 

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The Schubert Center is committed to educating Case Western Reserve University students about the role of public policy in child development and how historical, current social, and political factors influence and shape child policy and public institutions serving children and young people.

Experiential learning is a core part of the policy coursework offered. As future leaders, our students’ understanding of public policy and the value of civic engagement is a key investment. We offer opportunities to make vital connections with key stakeholders and youth-centered organizations through strategic policy endeavors, community engagement, and coalition-building efforts consistent with our Center’s mission. 

The Schubert Center’s policy work focuses on vulnerable child populations where additional support—such as policy research and data analysis, translating research to define social problems and identify potential policy opportunities, specific subject matter expertise, and strategic coordination with key stakeholders—can be value added to current efforts. The policy areas that the Center is involved in include: child welfare and well-being; educational disparities and student supports; legal systems and juvenile justice; physical, mental and social determinants of health; and child poverty and family economic asset-building.