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Report Examines Closing and Repurposing Youth Detention Facilities in California

Between 2006 and 2016, almost 100 youth detention facilities were closed in California, largely due to the decreasing rates of youth incarceration throughout the state. As youth detention rates continue to fall, communities where these facilities are located must decide whether the skyrocketing costs of keeping them open are worth it, and what more effectiveRead More

YTFG Fellow Creates Guide for Young People Navigating Professional Spaces

Amanda Shabowich, Fellow for the Youth Transition Funders Group in the Economic Well-Being Working Group, recently developed a survival guide for young people to support them in navigating professional spaces. Amanda states “While there’s no roadmap or official guidebook for navigating professional spaces as Opportunity Youth, it’s definitely an ongoing conversation as more spaces welcomeRead More

VOA Releases Directory of Family-Based Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

Volunteers of America and Wilder Research, with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, have released a national directory of Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs for Parents with Children. The Family First Prevention Services Act has elevated the importance of these programs in better supporting these children: effective October 1, 2018, states couldRead More

NAS Releases New Report on Youth Development

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds evidence that changes in brain structure and connectivity that happen in adolescence present young people with unique opportunities for positive, life-shaping development, and for recovery from past adversity. The report providers multiple recommendations for policy and practice that capitalize on these developmentalRead More

OJJDP Releases Dual Systems Involvement Data Report

A report released by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides insight into the high percentage of dually involved youth in three jurisdictions. OJJDP Dual System Youth Design Study: Summary of Findings and Recommendations for Pursuing a National Estimate of Dual System Youth, used linked administrative data in Cook County, Ill, CuyahogaRead More

New Publication on Extended Foster Care Program Designs

Mainspring Consulting has released a new brief titled Promising Program Models for Extended Foster Care & Transition Services. The brief is intended to support child welfare leaders in further improving the design of extended care programs by highlighting promising approaches and models throughout the country. It provides an overview of state designs related to essentialRead More

SSIR Webinar: How Foundations Are Using Impact Investing to Advance Racial Equity

Hundreds of resources are available to help foundations get started on the path to encouraging racial equity. So why does organizational change continue to move slowly? On April 23, join the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) Live! as three prominent foundation leaders share their organizations’ efforts to advance racial equity—inherently tied to diversity and inclusion—throughRead More

Youth Justice Leadership Institute – Call for Applicants

The National Juvenile Justice Network is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 cohort of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute. The Institute is a year-long fellowship program geared towards individuals of color working as professionals in the juvenile justice field, who may also be young adults who are system survivors themselves, or family members of someoneRead More

“Dollars on the Margins”

As a part of the New York Times Magazine The Future of Work series, Matthew Desmond examines the importance of a living wage, and what happens to people and families when they don’t have the work or wages they need to get by. Read the article here.

New Publication on Credit Building for Youth in Foster Care

Prosperity Now has released a new publication that shares insights from its work with five non profit agencies to offer credit building products and services into their work with youth in and transitioning from foster care. Starting Strong: Credit Building for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care shares why a positive credit history matters and how child welfareRead More

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