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August 28, 2015
Prison Education Reduces Recidivism by Over 40 Percent. Why Aren’t We Funding More of It?
Prison isn’t the most intellectually stimulating environment, but the dimmest corners of the criminal justice system may actually be a perfect place to ...
August 27, 2015
We Can’t Afford to Sideline our Young Talent
One of the groups most at risk for disconnection from critically important education and career pathways are the millions of young adults who have spent time in the ...
August 24, 2015
Early Childhood Health Targeted as Path to Better Education
Experts are focusing more money and attention on the health of young children in Connecticut in an effort to prepare them to be successful in school later on.
August 20, 2015
Cluster of “Raise the Age” Reforms Could Signal Long-Term Trend
Four states have announced raise the age reform which could spark a long-term trend.
August 18, 2015
If You Limit Extracurriculars, You Limit Our Purpose
One of the nation’s largest school districts could save money by cutting sports and limiting extracurricular activities. While it would cut costs short-term, ...
August 17, 2015
Juvenile Justice Reforms Would Save Money and Spare Nonviolent Youths
Too often, judges, in closed-door hearings deemed necessary to protect the young offender, take tough stances in a purported attempt to scare them straight. The good ...
August 16, 2015
Weaving Skill Ropes: Using Metaphor to Enhance Understanding of Skills and Learning
How is learning like weaving a rope?
August 10, 2015
Resources: Resilience and Grit
There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience (bouncing back from adversity) and grit (persevering through challenges), including the skills associated ...
August 9, 2015
Colleges Give Drifting Students Maps to Help Them Find Their Way to Graduation
Navigating through college is like real-life obstacle course and a huge derailment for students trying to earn their degree. To help students get a clearer idea of ...
August 7, 2015
Marginalized Kids Fall Further and Further Behind
New data on child well-being by the Annie E. Casey Foundation make for depressing reading on many levels, not least because the findings are so deeply unsurprising.
August 6, 2015
Op-Ed: 3 Steps to Reform Our Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems
With a growing emphasis on criminal justice reform, juvenile justice ambassador Alton PItre shares three steps to take towards reforming the juvenile justice system. ...
August 5, 2015
Report: Anti-Violence Program Engages With Shooters to Reduce Gun Violence
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) issued its process evaluation of the Richmond, California, Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) and its ...
August 4, 2015
Medicaid & CHIP: Success Stories for Kids
It’s easy to be cynical about Washington, but every now and then Americans need to be reminded that the nation’s leaders are working to improve ...
August 3, 2015
Video: 9 Things to Know About Foster Youth
Foster care is a nightmare for some kids and their foster parents. For others, it's a blessing. Here are nine things to know about kids in foster care: 1. There ...
August 1, 2015
Embedding Youth Development in Schools: A Readiness Roundtable
Karen Pittman and Michele Cahill, friends and fellow leaders in youth work, held an audio conversation about how integrating youth development practices and design ...
July 29, 2015
Toward a More Perfect Union: Addressing the School-to-Prison Pipeline
As ineffective behavioral policies and racial disparities increase the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon, Lexie Pèrez-Grüber looks at better alternatives to ...
July 29, 2015
The Importance of Making Meaningful Measurable
After a trip to the United Kingdom, Stephanie Krauss reflects on the similarities between youth-based programs and services in the UK and US that struggle with ...
July 26, 2015
Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to ...
July 25, 2015
VIDEO: Two Presidential Candidates Support Presidential Youth Council
Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Scott Walker are the organization’s first candidates to endorse the creation of a Presidential Youth Council. ...
July 24, 2015
Youth Prisons Are Factories of Failure: Close Them Down
President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Patrick McCarthy, discusses his experience visiting a youth prison and why they should be closed down.
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