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Webinar Announcement: “Mission-Critical: How to Ensure Financial Health & Sustainability in Service of Better Outcomes”

Join Sam Cobbs, President and CEO of First Place for Youth, and Liz Bender, Chief Finance and Growth Office, on Tuesday, June 14th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET for a 60-minute webinar covering what “financial health and sustainability” means in practice, and how you can apply the same in your own organization. Register here.


CLASP Annual Forum on Youth of Color: Realizing Youth Justice

On June 20, CLASP will hold its annual forum on youth of color. “Realizing Youth Justice: Advancing Education, Employment, and Youth Empowerment,” co-sponsored by Cities United and the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Young Men of Color, will highlight effective policies and practices that can help youth avoid the criminal justice system, access employment, achieveRead More


New Report Released on Collateral Consequences of Adult Convictions on Youth

The Campaign for Youth Justice has released Collateral Consequences, a new online report seeking to raise awareness on the long-lasting damages caused by the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating kids as adults. These consequences range from having a hard time finding a job to never being able to vote or to get education loans.Read More

Bob Rath

Committed to Continuous Improvement: An Interview with Bob Rath

Bob Rath’s career was launched in the youth field when he was still a youth. While in college, he got involved with a FIPSE-funded program with street academies to see if young people in alternative high schools would be interested in and succeed in alternative college. A stint working in community corrections drove him backRead More

Gault at 50

NJDC Launches Gault at 50 Campaign

The National Juvenile Defender Center has launched the Gault at 50 Campaign to champion children’s right to counsel and ensure every child is represented by an effective attorney in America’s courtrooms.  Gault at 50 is a year-long public awareness campaign leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision In re Gault thatRead More


Voices Rising: Live Online Showcase of Foster Youth Action Across the US

Foster Youth in Action (FYA) is hosting a live video presentation featuring youth and young adult representatives from youth advocacy organizations across the country share their stories of action. The online event, which is open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at 4:00pm ET (1:00pm PT). Register here.


Marijuana Arrests Down In Colorado For White Teens, Up For Black And Latino Teens

by Amanda Chicago Lewis BuzzFeed News A new state report shows that the total number of marijuana arrests in Colorado for juveniles increased after legalization — and racial disparities within those arrests grew worse. Full story here.


How Will Philadelphia’s District Attorney Handle Resentencing Its Juvenile Life-Without-Parole Population?

by Jessica Pishko The Nation Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s District Attorney since 2010, faces the challenge of  resentencing Philadelphia’s large population of people serving mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed when they were juveniles. Philadelphia has the highest number of such individuals in the country, and Williams’ office will presideRead More


New Report on Family Movement to Transform Youth Justice

A new report published by the Institute of Policy Studies documents the growing movement of family members that aims to challenge the conditions in which their loved ones are held and the existence of mass incarceration. Numerous family-led organizations and family leaders contributed to the research contained in the report, which includes insights into how familiesRead More


Newly-Formed California Child Advocacy Project Releases First in Series of Policy Papers

A group of leading children’s advocates in California have joined together to form the California Child Advocacy Project in order to inform the federal child welfare reform debate about the lessons emerging from California’s reform efforts and research. The group released its first paper, which examines the extent of national and California caseload reduction overRead More

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