Policy Updates

Update from the Juvenile Justice Work Group

The update from YTFG’s Juvenile Justice Work Group just landed on my laptop, and I thought that it might help many of our readers who are trying to stay abreast of advances in the different sectors of the youth field. Thanks to Michele Weemhoff for her excellent summaries! Wins Juvenile justice advocates continue to flipRead More

Game Changer

CLASP provided an excellent overview of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Becomes Law; Potential Game Changer for Low-Income Youth to make it easy for the rest of us to understand its implications. According to the article, the key themes in WIOA include: An emphasis on the alignmentRead More

Exciting Times in Workforce Development

Eleven years. That’s how long it took to find a window of opportunity for bipartisan support of the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act. On July 22, President Obama placed his signature on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Its goes into effect July 2015 and we all should make sure that we understandRead More

It’s Time to REDEEM

REDEEM — Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment. It’s an idea whose time has come. Thanks to Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) the idea is now on the political agenda with the introduction of the REDEEM ACT. (Yet, another bi-partisan effort on the part of young people).According to the Campaign forRead More

Girls and the Justice System

By Michelle Weemhoff, YTFG Juvenile Justice Work Group Coordinator Each year, 429,000 girls are arrested across the United States; 10,000 girls are in locked facilities on any given day. Last week, the YTFG Juvenile Justice Work Group invited Malika Saada Saar, executive director of Rights4Girls, and Leslie Acoca, executive director and founder of the NationalRead More

What About the Girls?

Originally posted as an opinion piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Written by Cathy Weiss, the executive director of the Stoneleigh Foundation in Philadelphia. Check out the infographic and other resources from the Symposium: What About the Girls? Are there more “bad girls” than there used to be? Compared with previous generations, adolescent girls are gettingRead More

Just Say NO to Out of School Suspensions

 The Dignity in Schools Campaign has launched the call for a moratorium of out of school suspensions along their partners around the country.  Solutions not Suspensions is a powerful campaign — to get districts to just say no to any out of school suspensions. YTFG focuses on older youth so let me take a momentRead More

How To Use WIA in a Sentence????

Right after posting that I thought that we could benefit by bringing some humor to our advocacy for older youth, I received  Opportunity Nation’s delightful email about WIA that includes a primer that starts with how to pronounce it (WEE-ah), includes  how to use it in a sentence (LOL!!!) and then puts forward some proposals.Read More

What’s The Future of Behavioral Health?

Last week, a New Mexico radio talk show highlighted that the biggest provider of mental health was the county jails. We know that is a sign of systemic dysfunction. The question is how to correct it.  In Philadelphia, they are starting to tackle this issue with a meeting to discuss What’s the Future of BehavioralRead More

No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

Momentum. There is no doubt we have momentum in dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. In fact, in reviewing the emails and reports that fly into my inbox, I at times have to take a moment to celebrate. The issue is now covered in mainstream media such as Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, The New York Times, andRead More

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