Boys & Girls Club Volunteer-Turned-Employee Says Listening to the Kids Is the Key

Wynter Parham, 29, is surrounded by teens in the kitchen at the Boys and Girls Club as she takes everyone’s cupcakes out of the oven and decorates them. The teens laugh and joke watching her squeeze out the fondant icing in circles . . .

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Young Bostonians Pleased With Counter-protester Turnout Against ‘Free Speech’ Rally

With her 2-year-old son perched on her shoulders, Tomiqua Williams, 30, carefully guided her 5-year-old daughter’s . . .

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How a New York Police Official Targets Thoughts to Fight Crime

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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LA County Puts Thousands of Kids on ‘Voluntary’ Probation for Merely Struggling With School

Marbella Munoz was a foster child for most of her life. As is true for many foster children bounced through multiple placements, she was frequently forced to change schools.
Munoz’ story comes from a new report that examines and analyzes a controversial youth crime prevention strategy run by the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the nation’s largest juvenile probation system . . .

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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 . . .

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More Protections for Juvenile Offenders Are Before California Legislators

Proposed legislation would move juvenile justice in California closer to rehabilitating youth rather than punishing them, juvenile advocates say . . .

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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 . . .

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In-Person Visits, New Underwear, More Counseling: Key Changes Sought in California Juvenile Detention

Should youth incarcerated in California juvenile halls and camps be entitled to new underwear? Should family and friends be assured that their visits to youth in detention facilities be in person rather than through video screens? Should these youth be guaranteed more time outdoors for exercise and fresh air . . .

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Fear of Deportation Leads to Rise in Mental Health Symptoms Among Youth

For 17-year-old Alejandro, dealing with anxiety has been a normal part of teenage life . . .

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Young People Suing Government, Oil Industry Over Climate Change Rally

Coreal Riday-White is an attorney working to hold the U.S. government and the oil industry responsible for climate change, a case that could one day go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court . . .

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