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Quorum
Harvard undergrad students Alex Wirth and Jonathan Marks have created Quorum, an online legislative strategy platform that explains the relationships...
SOTU
President Obama's approval ratings have improved and he's working to fulfil some of the promises he campaigned on, but there's one issue...
tweeting
Increasingly charities are using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and Tumblr for advocacy. This fact sheet offers tips on how...
Throughout the fall, we'll bring you new voices and personal stories about the impact of the JJDPA and ways it can be strengthened and improved...
Children's Advocacy Institute
Shame on U.S., a report by the Children's Advocacy Institute of the University of San Diego School of Law, in collaboration with First Star,...

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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 ...
Solitary
Produced by: Mother Jones
"That place mentally messed me up," a teen recalls of his 82 days in the hole. "I really wanted to die. I felt hopeless."
SOTU
Produced by: The Huffington Post
President Obama's approval ratings have improved and he's working to fulfil some of the promises he campaigned on, but there's one issue that still needs ...
Juvenile Justice
Produced by: The New York Times
The push for reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is an exciting step towards better protecting kids from being locked in the ...
Produced by: Generation Progress
For undocumented students, access to higher ed is important because it is often linked to pathways to citizenship. This report looks at legal and structural barriers ...
December 23, 2014 The Readiness Abilities Map
Mapping the skills and mindsets all young people need as they enter adulthood.
Rikers Island
Produced by: The Washington Post
As stories emerge about the mistreatment of youth at Rikers Island, the bipartisan agreement to reautorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ...
CAPITOL HILL
Produced by: The Hill
An activist and mother applauds the bipartisan leadership it took to reintroduce the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) on Dec. 11, 2014. Before ...
United Way
Produced by: United Way
Join United Way for two important chats to discuss youth unemployment in the U.S.
JJDPAmatters
Produced by: SparkAction, Act 4 Juvenile Justice
VIDEO & ACTION ALERT! On Dec. 11, Sens. Grassley (R-IA) and Whitehouse (D-RI)  introduced the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ...

youth voices

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.
adam g photo
Produced by: The National Council of Young Leaders
A young member of the National Council of Young Leaders shares his thoughts on My Brother’s Keeper, a new federal initiative to support young men of color.
maya angelou
Produced by: SparkAction (at press time, Connect for Kids)
In the debate around closing achievement gaps and righting educational inequity, some students remain nearly invisible: those in the juvenile justice system. Caitlin ...

success stories

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 ...
youth bus pass
Produced by: SparkAction
Oregon youth helped establish a system of free bus passes for students in public schools.
youth marching
Produced by: SparkAction
If you build it, and they don’t come, what do you do? In Oregon, when school-based health clinics faced this dilemma, county officials turned to youth for the ...
kale
Produced by: SparkAction
Boston youth partner with city officials to launch an Instagram-inspired online platform to help Boston youth find, share and rate the healthiest foods in the city.
Governor's Statewide Youth Council & Gov. Patrick
Young leaders in Massachusetts mobilize the entire Commonwealth in anti-bullying activities and storytelling for change.
youth council
Produced by: SparkAction
In Colorado, youth-written legislation reformed teacher licensing laws to include suicide prevention training.
LYAC members
Produced by: SparkAction, Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council
Starting this year, Louisiana high school students can earn a "distinction for community service" seal on their diplomas thanks to the Legislative Youth ...

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