N.C. Raise the Age Supporters Hope for Change in Law

David Johnson was 16 years old when he faced his first criminal charge in a North Carolina court that considered him an adult.

He remembers being overwhelmed by the proceedings, uncertain of what it would mean to take a plea or to spend years in prison — and to end up with a permanent criminal record. After all, he says, he was just a kid . . .

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Innovative Summer Learning Programs Bubble up, Draw Attention at the State Level

In New Britain, Connecticut, elementary school students can get a passport at the beginning of summer, listing places in the community they can visit — ranging from the fire department and newspaper to the planetarium and youth theater . . .

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Supporting Those Who Support Homeless Youth

He brought candy to that first meeting at the Covenant House homeless shelter in Manhattan a few days after Halloween — a universal ice breaker, he figured. Each month he kept coming back, one time helping the mainly gay, lesbian and bisexual youth decorate for Christmas, another time discussing their fears in a changing political world . . .

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Not Enough Letters? About Our March-April 2017 Print Edition

Throughout our March-April 2017 print publication, which has a cover package of stories focused on LGBT youth, we have used the acronym LGBT, consistent with the Associated Press (AP) style guide — the rule book for journalists worldwide. We could have used a lot more letters . . .

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What’s Next for Gay and Transgender Students?

Advocates question how the new White House will impact recent gains . . .

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Community-based Organization Battles Chronic Absenteeism in Queens

It was 40 degrees and drizzling, and it would not be easy to get the kids to school today . . .

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LA Center Fills a Gap for Health, Mental Health and Other Services Specifically for LGBT Youth

Growing up on the tough South Side of Chicago, Richard never felt comfortable around people because he never felt normal as a gay youth in a heterosexual world . . .

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For Youth Offenders Alternatives to Incarceration Offer Hope

A shove on a playground. A pair of shears meant for an art project. Pepper spray carried for a dangerous walk to school and left in a backpack during first period . . .

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Cultivating Leaders: Scaffolding Successful Youth Outcomes with Strong Staff Supports

Holding hands, seven young people stood in a circle doing final breathing exercises before their entrance onto the stage — the culmination of months of work to create a day where youth voices, including theirs, would be in the spotlight . . .

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