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The Readiness Project combines curiosity with experience to identify what it takes for all youth to be ready for life's demands at every stage.
Robert Putnam
Robert D. Putnam has accomplished many things – Harvard political scientist and professor, consultant for last four presidents and advocate for...
Nell Bernstein
Nell Bernstein discusses the harmful effects of the "superpredator" theory, her new book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile...
what kids can do
Watch this awesome video from What Kids Can Do (WKCD) using youth voices to talk about critical social and emotional skills like managing stress,...
raise the age ny
VIDEO & ACTION ALERT! New York is one of only two states in the country that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed...

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classroom
Produced by: NationSwell
Audubon Middle School discovered that getting rid of the disciplinary action actually improves pupil behavior.
John Gomberts
Produced by: The Forum for Youth Investment
This is the second in a short series of blogs about the right to readinessLet’s define it by what it is, not by what it isn’t.
social emotional learning
Produced by: The New York Times
Competnecy based learning is no longer just about math and reading, it also incorporates social emotional learning which measures a number of areas, like manging ...
college students
Produced by: College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRSC)
First-generation students can be succeptible to summer melt, where navigating the ins and outs of the college process becomes so difficult that they fall off track. ...
Nell Bernstein
Produced by: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Nell Bernstein discusses the harmful effects of the "superpredator" theory, her new book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, and ...
readiness gaps
Produced by: Forum for Youth Investment
Let’s stop playing it safe. Readiness is more than a goal; it’s a right. This isn’t just an outward call to action.  ...
ideas
Produced by: Forum for Youth Investment
If you’re like us, you want to challenge and be challenged. You’re here because you believe there are better ways to get every young person ready for ...
readiness
Produced by: The Boston Globe
A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need.
114 congress
Produced by: National Juvenile Justice & Deliquency Prevention Coalition
Juvenile justice systems across the U.S. are in urgent need of reform. Despite a steady drop in juvenile incarceration and out-of-home placements over the past ...
students
Produced by: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
By the year 2020, it is estimated that two-thirds of American jobs will require college experience. Unfortunately, not every student can access a quality high ...

youth voices

raise the age ny
Produced by: SparkAction
VIDEO & ACTION ALERT! New York is one of only two states in the country that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed ...
Quorum
Produced by: SparkAction
Harvard undergrad students Alex Wirth and Jonathan Marks have created Quorum, an online legislative strategy platform that explains the relationships between ...
Ladine Daniels
Produced by: The National Council of Young Leaders
Ladine Daniels, Jr., known affectionately as “JR,” passed away peacefully from a medical condition on November 2.  JR was an active member ...
briefing image
Produced by: The Corps Network
The National Council of Young Leaders, comprising 16 diverse opportunity youth from across the country, held a Congressional Briefing to share their Recommendations ...
Produced by: The National Council of Young Leaders
The National Council of Young Leaders presents… Voices of Opportunity Youth United: Recommendations for Increasing Opportunity and Decreasing Poverty ...
Produced by: The National Council of Young Leaders
Under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the nation’s main federal juvenile justice law, states must establish State Advisory Groups ...
philan photo
Produced by: The National Council of Young Leaders
A young member of the National Council of Young Leaders shares her thoughts on My Brother’s Keeper, a new federal initiative to support young men of color.

success stories

happy youth
Produced by: The Chronicle of Social Change
Positive Youth Development is a youth justice system that focuses on a young person's strengths and positive development rather than a deficit-based correctional ...
positive youth development
Produced by: The Chronicle of Social Change
The Positive Youth Justice series profiles successful programs and organizations all over the country. Part 3 looks at a program in Tarrant County, Texas, that works ...
Rosie's Place
Produced by: The Chronicle of Social Change
The Chronicle of Social Change introduced “Positive Youth Justice: Curbing Crime, Building Assets.” It is a series that imagines an entire continuum ...
Produced by: The Chronicle of Social Change
Part two of the The Chronicle of Social Change's “Positive Youth Justice: Curbing Crime, Building Assets,” introduces a restorative justice program in ...
BDEA
Produced by: SparkAction, The Forum for Youth Investment
For students whose lives and learning styles make traditional school hard, Boston Day and Evening Academy's competency-based approach to learning is making a big ...
creswell
Produced by: SparkAction, The Forum for Youth Investment
Nashville's Creswell Magnet Middle School is expanding its school day, but the change is not primarily about time. It’s about fundamentally redefining how ...
Lindsay
Produced by: SparkAction, The Forum for Youth Investment
What if a school started with the principle that students learn differently, but everyone can learn—and then designed a system around that? It would look a lot ...
YALC group
Produced by: SparkAction
High school students concerned with the standardized testing requirements for graduation in Ohio catalyze reform.
youth violence
Produced by: SparkAction
Three years after Oregon youth first brought together government, schools and nonprofits to tackle rising local violence, rates have stabilized and collaboration is ...

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