Art As Resilience and Another Form of Therapy

I worked at earning credits while I was inside juvenile hall, and in 2016 when I was released into placement in, I kept at it. I was two years behind in my high school education, but this June I’m graduating with my high school diploma just in time.

Is Your Standard of Protection What It Should Be?

Abuse issues and safety remain a chief concern for youth service organizations.
While youth service organizations have stepped up training and staff selection efforts in recent years, there is still much work to be done. Abuse prevention and protection must be a strategic initiative.

Program Growth: Two Steps Forward, No Steps Back

We all want to see numeric growth in our programs. Having more youth means our program can impact more lives, offer more student opportunities or programming, and — let’s be honest — will provide more funding.

Why Juvenile Justice Reform Needs Child Welfare at the Table

While immersed in child protection work, it never occurred to me that preventing delinquency was also a part of my job.
When I paused to listen to the stories of young adults who were charged as youth, I realized how doors to graduation, employment and stable housing were shut for them because of decisions they made as a child. When I read the research on trauma and understood how it manifests in delinquent behaviors, and how juvenile justice involvement can exacerbate the trauma, I recognized the harm that can be done within that system.

Left Behind

I wake up in the morning. It's too quiet for my taste. As I walk through the house I start getting flashbacks.

Conference Showed How Field Is Building on Progress in Youth-Serving Field

Earlier this year, we urged the Trump administration to continue federal investments in juvenile justice. In the last three decades, the field has benefited greatly from federal support of research, innovative programming and evidence-based approaches designed to improve outcomes for youth, families and communities.