Opportunity, Not Capacity: Partnering So Vulnerable Kids Cut Through the Clutter and Succeed

This year, more than 90 percent of children attended public school in the United States. That staggering percentage represents 50 million elementary and secondary school students . . .

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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 . . .

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Skill-building Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle in Tech-Training Program NPower

Stephon Stephens didn’t think he would get in.

At 21, he was used to applying to jobs and programs that wouldn’t look past some trouble he got into when he was younger. “It’s hard to move forward when you have a piece of paper saying you’re a criminal,” he said.tephon Stephens didn’t think he would get in . . .

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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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Pick A Message: Kill Big Bird Or Send Kids To College

We were going to use this space to rant against those elected officials who would vote to kill off Big Bird by decimating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding for Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio stations, and cutting the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities . . .

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Out-Of-School Time Organizations Play Pivotal Role

Brittany Fisher grew up in the South End of Hartford, Connecticut, a tough neighborhood where gangs flourished.

When she entered South Middle School in 2002, other students found out her mother was a lesbian, and she was bullied. She became a fighter . . .

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Battling the Ninth Grade Bulge

Researchers call it the “ninth grade bulge,” and it has nothing to do with weight gain among teenagers. Rather, the term refers to a decades long trend that could prove critical to helping more students graduate high school and go on to successful careers . . .

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Safe Spaces: Supportive Environments Are Crucial for Transgender Youth

The cover of the January 2017 issue of National Geographic was a first for the historic magazine, though at first glance it seems fairly traditional: A striking 9-year-old girl looks confidently into the camera, her rainbow hair in a deep side part, her jawline set. The words “Gender Revolution” splash boldly across her chest, giving a hint to the challenges she faces . . .

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LGBT Youth Promote Justice By Creating Their Own Media

We face grave dangers to social gains that have been hard won by social movements: the possibility of a so-called “religious freedom” executive order (not yet passed at presstime) that would amount to a green light for anti-LGBT discrimination . . .

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