Engaging Schools' participants work with an adult on principles of youth development and conflict
resolution in order to become peer mentors for one another. Learning to respond to conflict and bullying is a key part of the peer mentor program.

The Bystander Effect

Not all injuries are visible. Witnessing violence creates long-lasting concerns. What’s a school or after-school program to do?


Why School Suspensions Don’t Work

I never had a student change his behavior for the better because he was suspended. Most of the time students returned and reoffended. Time away from school seemed to exacerbate problems, not fix them.

Relational Treatment
of Trauma: Stories
of Loss and Hope

Book review: Relational Treatment of Trauma: Stories of Loss and Hope

“Life cannot be lived without loss,” writes Toni Heineman in the opening of “Relational Trauma: Stories of Loss and Hope,” but “perhaps the most insidious loss for foster children is the continuity provided by a single person who keeps them in mind — the one person who can provide a bit of the certainty in a sea of change.”

Tamar Birckhead

Delinquent By Reason of Poverty

In mid-November, an 8-year-old boy in Birmingham, Alabama, was charged with the murder of a 1-year-old girl named Kelci Lewis. Authorities announced that late on Oct. 10, the girl’s mother and a friend had left six children, none older than 8, at the home unsupervised.


New Strategies for Treating Addiction among Teens

An unlikely group gathered last spring in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the opening of a new addiction-treatment center just for teens. Probation officers and social workers stood with community leaders and government officials. Mayor Richard J. Berry gave a keynote address, launching Serenity Mesa Treatment Center.

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Creating a Safe Environment for Teens Experiencing Digital Abuse

It can be far too easy to hide behind a screen in today’s hyperconnected world — whether it’s commenting anonymously or simply using the excuse that your comment wasn’t said to someone’s face and, therefore, shouldn’t be taken seriously. And when it comes to teens, digital behavior that they may view as flirtatious can actually be abusive.

Ashley Haynes-Gibson, who works two jobs to help support herself in college, says she would
have benefitted from any number of supports for foster youth trying to get to college. Advocates
for homeless and foster youth say new legislation aimed at easing college access could help — if
it becomes part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

College Bound

Policy and programs can remove obstacles to college for youth experiencing homelessness and foster care

UTEC street worker Johnny Chheng (left) hugs Miguel Vasquez at Vasquez’s home in Lowell, Massachusetts. Vasquez participates in mentorship with
UTEC’s street team.

Breaking the Cycle, One Young Person at a Time

Jamel Bonilla was 17 when he took part in an armed robbery. He was convicted of a felony and served 18 months in Massachusetts’ Middleton House of Corrections.