How LA County Began to Face Its Big Problem With Youth Being Sex-Trafficked

Michelle Guymon is a hero in the world of child sex trafficking prevention.
Seven years ago, she had no idea Los Angeles County had a child sex trafficking problem
Now Guymon is director of the Child Trafficking Unit for the Los Angeles County Probation Department and is part of the group that aims to make LA’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking a model for the nation.

Beyond the Cities: Closing the Gap in Rural Areas

Earlier this year, students in the High Desert Leapin’ Lizards after-school program in Kern County, California, got a glimpse of life on Mars. They took part in a videoconference with NASA Digital Learning Network Specialist David Armstrong, who talked about what it took to survive on the red planet.

Mentors & Change Makers: Meet Some of the People Working to Bring Opportunity to Kids

As the gap between the nation’s poorest and wealthiest citizens has grown during the past four decades, so has the gulf in opportunities. Middle-class parents are happy to pay for SAT tutors, drive the neighborhood team to soccer practice, read to the kids before bedtime and send them to camp each summer.

A Look Back at the Juvenile Justice System Before There Was Gault

The case is a half-century old this week, a landmark decision that merged jurisprudence, common sense and fortunate timing to reshape juvenile justice and give children many of the same due process rights long held by adults charged with crimes.

Mothers Whose Children Have Been Arrested, Killed by Police Meet to Organize

The mother never wanted to talk in public about what happened to her son.

For 24 years — since her then-17-year-old son Ronald was pulled off a bus in Washington, D.C., charged and eventually convicted of murder — Donna Heyward always avoided recounting the pain of losing her oldest child to the criminal justice system.