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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Living in Two Worlds: Transborder Youth Cross Daily to Seek Educational Opportunity

Eighteen-year-old Vanessa Flores still remembers stumbling over her words on her second day at San Diego City College (SDCC) last fall when the Border Patrol agent in San Ysidro, a district in San Diego just north of the border, asked her where she was going . . .

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Fostering Change

Chelsea Bramblett didn’t know what to expect the first time she showed up at the statehouse in Tallahassee . . .

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When the Stakes Are High, Undocumented Youth Organize

Maria Carrillo-Garcia found herself in tears on the night of Nov. 8, 2016.

“This election was really hard,” she said. “I just cried myself to sleep . . .

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We Must Stop the Politics of Hate

On Jan. 20, our country will have a new president who was elected by fewer than half the voters in the U.S. general election. He was elected in great part via his anger pointed at the “other,” including first and foremost Muslims and immigrants. If left unchecked, this politics of anger and hate will not end with just one or two groups . . .

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Live on Washington: The Evolution of a Teen-Curated Festival, and Why It’s Important

It’s late spring, 2012, and 15 teenagers sit around a rectangular table on the second floor of the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s teen center. Still celebrating the . . .

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The Power of Civic Engagement

Romi Hemphill was in the sixth grade when she got her first taste civic leadership through the Wyman Center’s Teen Outreach Program . . .

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Data-Driven & Collective Impact: How Youth Agencies Can Show What Works

In his aptly titled book “Show Me the Evidence,” Ron Haskins demonstrates how nonprofits and community programs today must prove their value in the face of scarce resources, high competition and public scrutiny . . .

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