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September marks the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). SparkAction, Act 4 Juvenile Justice...
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The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book — the 25th edition of Casey’s annual report bringing attention to the well-being of America's...
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A recent Education Week article explored a pilot texting programthat keeps graduating and graduated seniors on track for matriculating in their...
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For some youth, reauthorizing the JJDPA will mean the difference between a high school degree and a productive future or an arduous, expensive and...
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Joshua Steckel left his job as a college counselor at a private school to help low-income, largely minority, public-school students in Brooklyn...

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karen pittman
Produced by: Ready by 21, The Forum for Youth Investment
John Gomperts, president and CEO of the America’s Promise Alliance; Karen Pittman, CEO and co-founder of the Forum for Youth Investment; and Sean Slade, ...
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Produced by: Remake Learning
For kids in low-income neighborhoods after-school arts programming helps keep them off the streets and provides access to needed enrichment. Can it lower crime rates ...
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Produced by: Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
For some youth, reauthorizing the JJDPA will mean the difference between a high school degree and a productive future or an arduous, expensive and wasteful path into ...
video sphere
September marks the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). SparkAction, Act 4 Juvenile Justice Campaign and partner ...
graduates
Produced by: Measure of America, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Disconnection from the societal anchor structures of school and work during the transition to adulthood has serious consequences for young people themselves as well ...
texting
Produced by: Demos, SparkAction
A recent Education Week article explored a pilot texting programthat keeps graduating and graduated seniors on track for matriculating in their chosen colleges in the ...
Senator Cory Booker
Produced by: Campaign for Youth Justice
This week, Senator Cory Booker  (D-NJ) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the REDEEM Act (The Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act) which ...
hold fast to dreams book cover
Produced by: Sponsoring Young People
Joshua Steckel left his job as a college counselor at a private school to help low-income, largely minority, public-school students in Brooklyn master the perilous ...
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Produced by: National Council for Behavioral Health
Pride Month celebrations across the country are more cheerful than ever thanks to recent stories of momentous progress within communities and the federal ...
civic corps grads
Produced by: The Corps Network
Unfortunately, not every student makes it to graduation. For minority populations, the dropout rate is bleak; nearly one in two minority students do not graduate with ...

youth voices

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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.
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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.
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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 ...
ERICA PICTURE
Produced by: GOOD
GOOD looks at how youth are using poetry to change the conversation about diabetes.
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Produced by: Open Society Foundations
Deverick knows how his life could have turned out if he hadn't stuck with his studies: prison, drugs, or even death. Instead, he became a star on the Baltimore ...
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SparkAction’s Top 24 Under 24 Youth Knowledge Builders and Changemakers celebrates powerful youth-led work to inform and empower young people to make decisions that ...
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Produced by: SparkAction
High school students concerned with the standardized testing requirements for graduation in Ohio catalyze reform.
youth bill of rights
Produced by: SparkAction
In Portland, Oregon, youth engagement is guided by the first-in-the-nation Bill of Rights written by and for youth, and a measurable Action Plan.

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 ...
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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.
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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Produced by: SparkAction
In Colorado, youth-written legislation reformed teacher licensing laws to include suicide prevention training.

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