News & Resources

YTFG works to ensure our members have access to the latest information and news to support their grant making, to identify strategic opportunities to influence national and local conversations, and to leverage the learning of the network. Resources include updates on federal and policy issues, news from our members, updates from the field, and YTFG publications.


From the Field

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Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

A New York Times article highlights new research showing just how pervasive the problem of homelessness is for many college students. Last month, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, released a study that surveyed students at 70 community colleges in 24 states. It found that 14 percent were homeless. Those findings build on aRead More

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Foster America Accepting Applications for Second Cohort of Fellows

Foster America, which recruits talented professionals from diverse backgrounds for a full year, full time fellowship position in public and private agencies, is accepting applications for its second cohort of fellows, now through May 31. Fellows will be chosen by July for fellowships that begin in Fall 2017. If you know of anyone who mightRead More

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The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System

by Jessica Feierman Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center Approximately one million youth appear in juvenile court each year. In every state, youth and families face juvenile justice costs, fees, fines, or restitution. Youth who can’t afford to pay for their freedom often face serious consequences, including incarceration, extended probation, or denial of treatment—they are unfairlyRead More

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New Report on the Health Impacts of Charging Youth as Adults

Human Impact Partners has released a new health impact assessment report entitled, Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased and Harmful. The findings show that: Charging youth as adults doesn’t protect community safety — in fact, it doubles recidivism. The adult court system ignores developmental science and environmental contexts — the context of aRead More

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Guest Blog: Fines and Fees for Court-Involved Youth

by Stephanie Campos-Bui, Policy Advocacy Clinic, U.C. Berkeley Law, and Kate Weisburd, East Bay Community Law Center. U.C. Berkeley Law Note: The authors will be our guests for a conference call on March 2nd. Click here to learn more and to RSVP. The End of Juvenile Fees in Alameda County, California: Pairing Practice and PolicyRead More

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Member News

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Celebrating JDAI at 25

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation confirms that its signature Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has reduced juvenile incarceration and juvenile crime rates by significant numbers in its 25 years. JDAI at 25: Insights From the Annual Results Reports presents comparative data for JDAI sites, key challenges to detention reform and JDAI’s goalsRead More

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Juvenile Justice and Workforce Development Leaders Plot Path to Better Collaboration

On Wednesday, March 29, the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) and Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) convened a dozen workforce-development and juvenile-justice leaders in Washington, D.C., for a dialogue to break down misconceptions and identify new avenues for collaboration between the systems. Despite many sets of recommendations over the years, justice-involved youth still are notRead More

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Fostering Quality Education: New Website for Foster Youth on Higher Education

Funded by Walter S. Johnson Foundation, the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law has created a new website, Fostering Quality Education, aimed at helping foster youth make informed decisions about higher education, including the pros and cons of for-profit colleges. The website includes an easy-to-use tool with links toRead More

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Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change

A young person’s involvement with the justice system can increase their likelihood of later experiencing homelessness for many reasons, including the fact that educational disruptions and juvenile delinquency records can make it harder to obtain employment. Youth experiencing homelessness may also be swept into the juvenile justice system through laws that prohibit simply being inRead More

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Leveling the Playing Field: Inside a Low Profile Anti-Poverty Foundation

Inside Philanthropy interviews Pinkerton Foundation President Rick Smith and Senior Program Officer Julie Peterson. Click here to read the article.

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Policy Updates

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Federal Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for LGBQ/GNCT Youth

The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) has issued recommendations to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for strategies to advance juvenile justice reform for LGBQ/GNCT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning/gender nonconforming, transgender) youth. The recommendations are grouped into four categories: Policy and Program Development Training and Technical Assistance Data Collection andRead More

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Expanded SSI Application Timeframe for SSA Pilot Program

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been implementing a pilot program since August 2016 that allows young people in foster care to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits earlier than permissible under current rules. Since 2010, the SSA’s rules have allowed foster children to apply for this program up to 90 days before hisRead More

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Funding Opportunity for Child Welfare Agencies and Tribes for LGBTQ2-S Youth in Foster Care

On March 1, the National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two Spirit Children and Youth in Foster Care at the University of Maryland announced an upcoming grant opportunity for implementation of evidence-based, evidence-informed, and/or promising programs and interventions to address the unique needsRead More

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The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

Commentary by Barack Obama Harvard Law Review Former President Barack Obama has authored an article for the Harvard Law Review, detailing his personal commitment to justice reform, and providing an overview of his Administration’s efforts and accomplishments. He also shares his insights regarding the methods of influence at a President’s disposal, as well as reflectionsRead More

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Legislative Progress in New York City

On October 27, the New York City Council passed several bills and one resolution aimed at improvements and additional oversight in the city’s foster care system. The bills would create a foster care task force, require an annual survey of foster youth, and require the Administration for Children’s Services to create a five-year plan (threeRead More

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YTFG Publications

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A Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform

 “For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.” – James Baldwin, Writer The Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform is a call to action to funders, policymakers, community leaders, system stakeholders, advocates, youth and families. We seek your bold leadership, your commitment and your voices as we workRead More

Investing in Well-Being

Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice

This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionableRead More

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Small Foundations, Big Wins: A Guide to Making Smart Choices About Grantmaking for Vulnerable Youth (2013)

This guide gives leaders of small foundations tried-and-true tools for building a strategic and effective grantmaking program. It also contains tips and examples to help you consider ways to leverage your investments. Download Publication

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Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being of Older Youth in Foster Care (2013)

The FCWG published its first investment agenda in 2003, Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in Successful Futures for Foster Youth. That document called for a series of investments to support the economic success of young people transitioning from foster care at a time when issues related to education, workforce development, financial literacy, and asset development received littleRead More

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Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America’s Youth (2013)

This publication calls for “eduployment” to become our shared framework so that we equally value learning and work in the transition to adulthood.   This brief highlights the need to create a multi-sector infrastructure that refuses to let go of young people and to craft powerful opportunity policies that are proportional to the size of the crisis so thatRead More

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