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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What’s On Your Bookshelf?

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 . . .

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Newsmakers | March-April 2016

Ira S. Hirschfield, longtime president and trustee of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in San Francisco, has announced his planned departure from the foundation . . .

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Service Learning in the Summer: Youth Can Widen Knowledge, Develop New Skills

Last summer Nancy Meza, 21, began an internship with a Chicago advocacy group, the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO . . .

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Slum Living: When Access as Proxy for Quality Is Life-Threatening

The summer after my second year teaching, I traveled to Malawi — one of the poorest nations in east Africa — with an organization that trains and supports new teachers . . .

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Communities Take Creative Approaches to Summer Learning

The students gathered at Nellie Muir Elementary School in Woodburn, Oregon, had a lot of questions for Sen. Ron Wyden when he visited them a few years ago . . .

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Tamar Birckhead

Youth Workers Need to Be Alert to Juveniles Placed in Solitary

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 . . .

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Seeking Mental Health Support: Teens Helped Pass New Law to Access Mental Health Care Without Parental Consent

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 . . .

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Book Review: The Therapist’s Notebook for Children and Adolescents

“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 . . .

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Learning From Each Other: Programs Shouldn’t Work in Silos

While it’s important to determine if our schools are providing children the academic foundation to succeed, these reports mask some of the deeper challenges our schools and our children face . . .

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