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The National Council of Young Leaders, comprising 16 diverse opportunity youth from across the country, held a Congressional Briefing to share their...
JJDPAmatters
September marked the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA)—the nation’s main law governing state...
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...
Shearwater
There is a distinct gap between what it takes to make it to graduation and being ready for adulthood.

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reflection
Produced by: Human Rights Project For Girls
Federal law defines any commercial sex act involving someone under the age of 18 as a “severe form of trafficking.” And yet every year in the United ...
YJAM
Produced by: Campaign for Youth Justice
In celebration of National Youth Justice Awareness Month, the latest data on youth confinement is being compared. While there has been a significant reduction, a ...
shaking hands
Produced by: Forum for Youth Investment
People who run collective impact efforts say one of their toughest tasks is keeping community engagement going beyond the "summits" where everyone gets ...
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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 ...
JJDPAmatters
Produced by: Campaign for Youth Justice
September marked the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA)—the nation’s main law governing state juvenile justice ...
students
Produced by: William T. Grant Foundation
A look at the pathways to education and employment that are available for young adults who drop out of school and are unemployed.
school bus
Produced by: Ready by 21
Most people would never think that a solution to a teenager's health and brain development would be sleeping more. Read why one parent is getting on board with ...
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 ...
incarceration
Produced by: The Hill
Each night, more than 60,000 of our children fall asleep in juvenile detention facilities and other residential placements. Ready why we need to improve juvenile ...

youth voices

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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.
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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.
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 ...
ERICA PICTURE
Produced by: GOOD
GOOD looks at how youth are using poetry to change the conversation about diabetes.
OSF
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 ...

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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