From the Field

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From Social Impact Bonds to Strive

I have to admit I’m both excited, mystified and totally skeptical about Social Impact Bonds.  In watching this clip from Bloomberg News on the SIB project to improve outcomes for youth that have been detained at Rikers Island, my mind started spinning: Isn’t it great to be able to design experiments that have adequate fundingRead More

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Setting the World on Fire

The more I think about the status of our youth, the more I believe that one of the most important investments is identifying the next generation of state and national leaders and supporting them to succeed in this rapidly changing world.  We need to find those 20-30-40 year olds and help them get on topRead More

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Words Unlocked

The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) is launching a new initiative in the spirit of National Poetry Month (April).  Words Unlocked is encouraging literary exploration by young people held in juvenile facilities including practitioner-ready curricular materials, a nationwide competition, and publishing venues for student work. All materials for the initiative are availableRead More

Justice Policy Institute

Common Ground

Today’s post is written by Zerline Hughes Director of Communications for the Justice Policy Institute. It’s not often that individuals, organizations or politicians are on the same page. It’s hard finding common ground in today’s society that brings debate on civil rights, human rights and the right components for kids’ healthy upbringing, deterrence from “at-risk”Read More

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Trauma, Young Men of Color and Transformational Healing

The interest in mental health, trauma, and healing is on the rise.  This discussion was fascinating as it both enriches our understanding of how to think of these issues but also does so by introducing an asset-based approach to it.     This discussion, written by Liz Wu, was originally posted on February 18th onRead More

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Florida Making a Dent in School to Prison Pipeline

 Florida has been in the youth news lately with the release of two different reports.  The first is the oddly titled Delinquency in Florida’s Schools: An Eight-Year Study (FY 2004-05 through FY 2011-12) released by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. In the opening message from Secretary Walters, shares good news “State law requires schoolRead More

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