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March 31, 2010
Child Welfare Reform Meets Recession; Recession Wins
Youth Today reports that budget cuts are undercutting efforts to overhaul Michigan's child welfare system under a court-monitored consent decree that requires the ...
March 25, 2010
Webinar: Cutting Costs, Keeping Quality: Financing Strategies for Youth-Serving Organizations in a Difficult Economy
Due to the economic downturn, many youth-serving organizations are facing budget reductions while also experiencing increased demand for their services.
March 22, 2010
Child Prostitutes: More Victim than Perpetrator
The Las Vegas Sun has a context-rich article on the realities that endanger child prostitutes and how agencies are making it harder for them by criminalizing their ...
March 19, 2010
Teaching Youth the Power of Words
Everybody has a story to tell. That's the underlying philosophy of youth writing workshops: giving young people the opportunity to be heard and the confidence to ...
March 18, 2010
StudentsCOUNT! - Census Targets Youth with Message of Community Benefits
The United States Student Association is ramping up studentsCOUNT! 2010, a campaign to encourage young people and people from underrepresented communities to fill out ...
March 8, 2010
Against the Odds, St. Louis Crisis Nursery Continues to Grow
In its 24 years, St. Louis Crisis Nursery in Missouri has offered emergency supports to more than 64,000 families and become the largest resource of its kind in the ...
February 24, 2010
Checking In on Hope Meadows 2010: Influence Far beyond Its Boundaries
Since 2001, we at SparkAction have covered Hope Meadows, an intergenerational community in Illinois that brings together children in foster care, their adoptive ...
February 24, 2010
Call for Youth Stories!
What Kids Can Do
is putting out a fresh call for youth stories. We're looking for strong examples of middle and high school-aged youth working as a team and ...
February 18, 2010
Developmental Screening Tools for "Well Child" Visits
Now, many pediatricians are following recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and physicians who specialize in early child development to use specific ...
February 4, 2010
No Name-Calling Week 2010 Creative Expression Contest
No Name-Calling Week (January 25 - 29, 2010) is a week of educational and art activities aimed at stopping name-calling and bullying in schools.
February 3, 2010
Teaching Photography & Advocacy to D.C. Youth
Critical Exposure provides digital cameras and training to 100 youth in Washington, DC to help empower students to use their photography and voices to build public ...
December 9, 2009
Stones into Schools
In his latest book, Stones into Schools, Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, chronicles his work with local tribal leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan ...
October 30, 2009
Recession Drives Surge in Youth Runaways
Over the past two years, government officials and experts have seen an increasing number of children leave home for life on the streets, including many under 13. ...
June 2, 2009
Youth Today: Taking Risks for Transition-Age Youth
On any given day, scores of young people with limited individual and social capital are simultaneously struggling to exit some systems and enter others: foster care, ...
October 7, 2008
"Hope" Grows: an Intergenerational Community, 14 Years On
Fourteen years ago, an abandoned air force base was transformed into a vibrant intergenerational community, Hope Meadows, to help move children from foster care to ...
August 5, 2008
"I knew I Had to Be a Better Parent" - True Stories of Local Supports
Here's a personal glimpse at the importance of local programs for children and families, as three stressed-out parents share how they found help and education in ...
June 25, 2008
KIDS COUNT 2008: A CFK Overview
To make positive change for kids, you need to know where things stand, what's working and what needs to be improved. The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book offers both ...
January 23, 2008
A "Ticket to Work" for Transitioning Youth and Those Working With Them
If you work with teens with disabilities, you'll want to know about the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work (TTW) program. Its Youth Transition portion ...
January 9, 2008
Getting Beyond the Foster Care System: What Works for Teens
Could you have made it entirely on your own at 18 or 21? Each year, roughly 25,000 young people "age out" of the foster care system, many without family or economic ...
December 12, 2007
The Real Math of Child Poverty In America
I was somewhat surprised when I recently came across the following paragraph on the Voices for America's Children Website: "As a society we pay a steep price for ...
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