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presidential youth council
Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Scott Walker are the organization’s first candidates to endorse the creation of a Presidential...
bootstrap
What does it take for a young person to be ready for life’s roles and responsibilities? Can you really get to readiness alone, “by your...
lashon amado
On June 24, YouthBuild USA employee, YouthBuild Brockton graduate, and National Council of Young Leaders Opportunity Youth United member ...
brain
At least one high-profile educator is calling on an end to labeling kids as “smart.” Not a bad idea, but what if we redefine the mindset...
children
With overwhelming bi-partisan support, the U.S. Senate has passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which will replace the No Child...

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opportunity youth
Produced by: Opportunity Nation
One of the groups most at risk for disconnection from critically important education and career pathways are the millions of young adults who have spent time in the ...
Produced by: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Four states have announced raise the age reform which could spark a long-term trend. 
norman harris
Produced by: America's Promise Alliance
One of the nation’s largest school districts could save money by cutting sports and limiting extracurricular activities. While it would cut costs short-term, ...
juvenile justice
Produced by: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
With a growing emphasis on criminal justice reform, juvenile justice ambassador Alton PItre shares three steps to take towards reforming the juvenile justice system. ...
Medicaid
Produced by: The Forum for Youth Investment
It’s easy to be cynical about Washington, but every now and then Americans need to be reminded that the nation’s leaders are working to improve ...
ReadyYouth
Produced by: Ready by 21
Karen Pittman and Michele Cahill, friends and fellow leaders in youth work, held an audio conversation about how integrating youth development practices and design ...
handcuffs
Produced by: First Focus
As ineffective behavioral policies and racial disparities increase the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon, Lexie Pèrez-Grüber looks at better alternatives to ...
stocks
Produced by: The Forum for Youth Investment
After a trip to the United Kingdom, Stephanie Krauss reflects on the similarities between youth-based programs and services in the UK and US that struggle with ...
youth prison
Produced by: The Huffington Post
President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Patrick McCarthy, discusses his experience visiting a youth prison and why they should be closed down. 
Senator Grassley
Produced by: The Chronicle of Social Change
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved yet another attempt to update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has not been reauthorized ...

youth voices

norman harris
Produced by: America's Promise Alliance
One of the nation’s largest school districts could save money by cutting sports and limiting extracurricular activities. While it would cut costs short-term, ...
juvenile justice
Produced by: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
With a growing emphasis on criminal justice reform, juvenile justice ambassador Alton PItre shares three steps to take towards reforming the juvenile justice system. ...
brain
Produced by: The Forum for Youth Investment
At least one high-profile educator is calling on an end to labeling kids as “smart.” Not a bad idea, but what if we redefine the mindset instead? College ...
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 ...
Barack Obama
Produced by: Ready by 21
Sara Matthew, policy associate at the Forum, shares her thoughts and excitement for My Brother's Keeper Alliance announcement.

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.

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