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Improving rehabilitation among incarcerated youth

The Merit ePartners program at the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton, CA provides incarcerated wards of the state vocational training in the e-waste re-cycling industry. The Merit Partners Engineering Service Learning team is identifying the components of the Merit Partners program that lead to success through detailed sociological studies and engineering strategies and tools that will allow Merit partners to increase the number of participants in their program.

Currently, the team is creating plans to examine the reasons that lead to rehabilitation among Merit ePartner’s participants.  In order to conduct the study, the EngineeringService Learning team is working towards receiving permission from the UC Merced Internal Review Board (IRB)that reviews all human subject studies at UC Merced to ensure the study is carried out in a secure and ethical manner.

Faculty Advisor:

Professor Tanya Golash-Boza

Research Interests:

  • Immigration policy
  • Deportations
  • Racial identity 
  • Human rights
  • U.S. Latinos/as
  • Latin America



Community Partner:

Strengthen communities through research and training to connect high-risk young people to positive futures.Mission of Merit Partners Strengthen and Reclaim Young Lives


Team Biographies