When Carlos Jennings got out of prison in 2014, he wanted to kill the person who helped put him there.
“I wasn’t home seven days after doing 10 years in jail, and I’m in the car with somebody else, with a gun in my hand, trying to do something to somebody,” he said . . .
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When kids first step into the big 10-person canoes at Canoemobile, some are panic-stricken.
Julie Storck has seen kids cry in fear.
“Sometimes they’re really afraid,” she said.
But they sit down, take up a paddle, go with the flow and then calm down.
In New York City, the agency that handles children’s services asked for 40 percent more removals of children from their families to foster care than in the same quarter a year ago. An article in The New York Times says the practice is called by some Jane Crow, because it affects mostly low-income women of color.
Chris Neitzey breathed a sigh of relief this week.
He and other advocates of after-school and summer learning programs have been on edge ever since President Donald Trump proposed eliminating federal funding for those programs in his “skinny budget” in March.
Last month, a group of girls at a juvenile detention center in the Bronx sat in a discussion circle with a teaching artist and a social worker. After a series of circle meetings, the girls at Horizon Juvenile Center in New York City had created vision boards, collages in which they envisioned their life five years from now.
Twenty-two years ago, a retired juvenile court judge in San Francisco teamed up with a Native American healer to help kids get on a positive path and avoid juvenile court. This summer, the organization they created was among 18 groups that received grants from New York Life Insurance Company to help underserved middle school students reach ninth grade on time.