School Suspensions Hurt Whole Community, Not Just the Student, Research Shows

A growing body of research, including work published here, documents harms of what is known as the school-to-prison pipeline. Evidence shows that compared to 20 or more years ago, contemporary schools are more likely to suspend students — particularly students of color — out of school for minor misbehaviors.

Youth Workers Must Start Social Movement to Provide Intervention to Our Youth

Youth intervention is an essential service. Yet it goes unrecognized as such in public policy and budgeting decisions. This reality has coldly stolen happiness and hope from our youth. It is time to demand that youth intervention be available to any youth needing support. We need to demand social justice for youth.

Adults Must Get Involved to Resolve Youth Violence

Our organization has just completed three straight years of doing our in-school violence and bullying prevention program in middle schools and high schools throughout the United States, reaching 9,436 youth. Data and statistics aside, we adults associated with the program learned quite a bit about youth and violence.

Juvenile Justice Educators Debate New State Requirements Under Every Student Succeeds Act

The federal government’s attempts to bring consistency and standards to public education across the country have often clashed with the reality facing educators trying to meet those standards. The challenge is even greater for those working with teens locked behind bars or struggling to deal with years of physical and emotional trauma.

Failure of Public, Political Will Threatens Progress on Child Welfare, Casey warns

Amid the charts and tables of this year’s Kids Count Data Book is a stark warning.

The gains in children’s health, education and overall well-being since the last recession may be in jeopardy as “a huge failure of public and political will” saps support for policies that have helped produce those results, the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation states in its annual compilation of child-welfare statistics.

Train Out-of-School Workers to Build Youth Social-Emotional, Character Competence

For many students, their out-of-school programs are their lifelines. They are the places where our children are helped to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. The activities there strengthen basic skills, increase higher-order thinking and warn about the dangers of substance abuse and violence, all while promoting appreciation and respect for diversity.

Kids Compete, Learn in Juvenile Justice Jeopardy Game

Spending a Saturday morning in a classroom is not something most kids want to do. So why did 110 kids between 9 and 17 years old in Lawrenceville, Georgia, do that in mid-May?

They received basketball instruction from retired NBA stars and learned how to deal with police, tense situations and about Georgia law via Juvenile Justice Jeopardy.

From the Field Toolbox: How to Work Successfully With Funders in Youth Work Programming

While it might not be productive to try to rank youth employment stakeholders by their importance, there’s no doubt that funders are essential, if not critical, to the success of any youth employment venture. But working effectively with them, unlike some other stakeholders, is a skill area that leaves little room for error.