Research has shown that once a juvenile officially enters the criminal justice system he/she is not only more likely to re-enter it, but also less likely to finish school, go to college or become gainfully employed. How do we get and keep these young men and women on track for success?
A British group called it a “ticking timebomb.” Pope Francis called it a defeat for humanity last year. And the World Economic Forum called the high level of youth unemployment around the world a threat to global stability last year.
“Chronic joblessness has become a pervasive reality for young people,” said Sean C. Rush, president and CEO of JA Worldwide, which describes itself as one of the largest global nongovernmental organizations (NGO) addressing challenges that young people face. “The sheer scale of global youth unemployment today is sobering
The Red Hook Youth Court trains teens to serve as jurors and judges to handle real-life low-level misdemeanors committed by their peers. These include possession of marijuana, vandalism and assault.
The all-teen jury has the power to impose sanctions such as community service hours, workshops or essays. The program coordinator oversees each proceeding to make sure it is functioning properly and that the sanctions are fair.
The reasons for these higher birth rates among young women in the foster care system are complex. Trauma and the search for unconditional love, safety and security are frequently at the root, and addressing it is vital to ensuring healthy outcomes for these families.