Looking for some good reading to expand your knowledge and youth-development practice? Youth Today speaks with leading experts in the field to share what’s on top of their reading lists. Consider this the synopsis for a master class or recommended reading by a trusted colleague. For this issue, we spoke with Tara Perry, CEO of the National CASA Association. - Hope Wabuke
Sometimes it takes a tragic and heartrending story of a single human being to move broad public policy. In the instance of the solitary confinement of youth, the catalyst was the case of Kalief Browder. An African-American 16-yearold, Browder was wrongly charged with theft of a backpack in May 2010 and held for three years at Rikers Island after a judge set his bail at $3,000, an amount the teenager’s family could not post.
Jordan T. was 16 years old when he tried to see a mental health care professional to help him resolve “issues” at home. It tormented him, he said, and he needed someone to talk to, but Jordan said his mother would not consent, as state law required, to allow him to see a mental health professional.
“The Therapist’s Notebook for Children and Adolescents" is a compendium of useful tools to support children and teens — with useful information geared toward clinical professionals as well as youth workers and those designing youth programs.
One of the starkest statistics in the lives of girls today is that 73 percent of girls in the juvenile justice system have been physically or sexually abused, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice figures.