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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...
jjdpa at 40
On Sept. 7, 2014, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA)—the nation’s main law governing state juvenile justice programs...
BOOK COVER
Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, explains the top 5 reasons to look out for Citizen School founder, Eric Schwarz's new book...
Shearwater
There is a distinct gap between what it takes to make it to graduation and being ready for adulthood.

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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
*  SAVE THE DATE  *     The National Council of Young Leaders presents… “Voices of Opportunity Youth ...
lashon amado headshot
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 ...
ferguson
Produced by: The Chronicle of Social Change
Read why police training on youth interaction and juvenile justice should be a priority.
JJDPA 40 anniversary
Produced by: Act 4 Juvenile Justice
Photographer Richard Ross takes us inside the country’s juvenile detention facilities in an exhibit on display this week in Washington, DC, to commemorate the ...
jjdpa at 40
Produced by: Campaign for Youth Justice
On Sept. 7, 2014, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA)—the nation’s main law governing state juvenile justice programs—turned 40. This ...
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, ...
BOOK COVER
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 Schwarz'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 ...

youth voices

Produced by: The National Council of Young Leaders
*  SAVE THE DATE  *     The National Council of Young Leaders presents… “Voices of Opportunity Youth ...
lashon amado headshot
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 ...
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 ...

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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