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Shearwater
There is a distinct gap between what it takes to make it to graduation and being ready for adulthood.
firstgen tweetchat
What’s working and what’s possible to help first-generation students succeed? AWESOME chat featuring Eric Waldo (Executive Director of...
Tanya
ACEs or Adverse Childhood Experiences can provide insight into the impact of childhood exposure to abuse, neglect and household ...
the opportunity equation book
Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, explains the top 5 reasons to look out for Citizen School founder, Eric Schwartz's new book...

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children smiling
Produced by: Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
Did you know using the average daily cost of incarceration, states across this country spent a combined $539,599 for one day to incarcerate kids fortruancy, ...
the opportunity equation book
Produced by: Ready by 21
Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, explains the top 5 reasons to look out for Citizen School founder, Eric Schwartz's new book, 'The ...
Produced by: The Brookings Institution
The federal debt impacts the budget process and is used by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to justify spending levels. Advocates need to understand it. This ...
firstgen tweetchat
Produced by: SparkAction
What’s working and what’s possible to help first-generation students succeed? AWESOME chat featuring Eric Waldo (Executive Director of Michelle ...
CJJ members
Produced by: Coalition for Juvenile Justice
As the anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act draws near, read about young changemakers who are making a difference through the help of ...
Shearwater
Produced by: Ready by 21
There is a distinct gap between what it takes to make it to graduation and being ready for adulthood.
statue of liberty
Produced by: The Crime Report
With virtually no accountability for staff actions, the report concludes that the conduct of staff at Rikers violates the constitutional rights of adolescent inmates. ...
Tanya
Produced by: The National Crittenton Foundation
ACEs or Adverse Childhood Experiences can provide insight into the impact of childhood exposure to abuse, neglect and household dysfunction. Learn how ...
chat
Produced by: SparkAction, Demos
Add your voice to an August 6 Tweet Chat to identify innovative policies and practices that can improve first gen college success. Exchange insights about ...
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, ...

youth voices

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 ...
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 ...
drug facts button
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 ...
YALC group
Produced by: SparkAction
High school students concerned with the standardized testing requirements for graduation in Ohio catalyze reform.
youth bus pass
Produced by: SparkAction
Oregon youth helped establish a system of free bus passes for students in public schools.

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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