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Our new blog series looks at what works to help first-generation students transition to the workforce...
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This KIDS COUNT policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation adds more data to the assertion that where a child’s family is from and where...
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[COMMENTARY] Mayor de Blasio may be vying for the title of “educational access” mayor in NYC, but he remains silent on issues that would...
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With the JJDPA undergoing reauthorization, new approaches have been suggested in order to insure that all youth, including girls and young women, get...
Check out these amazing young people empowering their peers to make decisions on drug use based on facts, not peer pressure.

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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.
Justice data
Produced by: The Sentencing Project
Josh Rovner explains the startling disparities between how frequently black and white teenagers encounter the juvenile justice system.
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Produced by: SparkAction
In a room full of friends, peers, and supporters, 19 talented YouthBuild members came together as one to celebrate their work growth with YouthBuild USA. This year ...
studying
Produced by: SparkAction, Demos
SparkAction and Demo’s First to Finish College team spoke with several experts working with first gens to discuss what they felt was critical to ensure a ...
seoscholarslearn
Produced by: Demos
In New York and San Francisco, a nonprofit is quietly helping thousands of first-generation college students finish college and start promising careers.    
youngmenofcolor
Produced by: National Juvenile Justice Network
For National Crime Victim's Right Week, Benjamin Chambers at the National Juvenile Justice Network talks about the pervasiveness of racial disparities in both the ...
Graduates
Former director of the Social Work Practicum for Our Lady of the Lake University and first-generation college grad, Ruth Bounous, writes about a former ...
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First gens and experts share supports and advice to ease the transition from college to the workforce...
StudyingMajors
Produced by: Demos
Transitioning from college to career brings difficult decisions for any young person, but especially for a first-generation student. Here’s a look at the tools ...
JJIEYouthColor
Produced by: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Journalist Dick Mendel takes a close look at the over-representation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system and some good news on the horizon when it comes ...

youth voices

chains
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 ...
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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 ...
YALC group
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.
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.

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.
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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