Students who take part in the suicide prevention program Sources of Strength identify trusted adults in their lives who can offer support. Here a teen writes down names of two such adults.

What Three People Learned About Suicide and Kids

When Cynthia Fontanella saw the numbers, she was surprised.

It wasn’t that almost 66,595 kids in the United States had killed themselves from 1996 to 2010, although that was bad enough.

It was that the suicide rate for rural kids was double that of urban kids — and the gap was getting wider.

Sybastian Welch

From the Field: Youth-led HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

In honor of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day on April 10, three Atlanta-area organizations hosted Healthy Sex, Healthy Futures, an event for young people ages 16 to 25 that centered on the voices and experiences of LGBTQQ youth of color.

Young People and HIV-AIDS

Young People & HIV-AIDS

ATLANTA — The number of HIV-positive cases among 13- to 24-year-olds is increasing at alarming rates, according to HIV and AIDS researchers, with youth and young adults accounting for 26 percent — or 12,200 cases — of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2012.

Ruth White

A Few Simple Questions Can End Homelessness and Sex Trafficking Now

It took me more than 10 years to ask a few simple questions: How can 56,000 unaccompanied minors experience homelessness each night in the U.S. when there is a federal entitlement to foster care for children under the age of 18? How can there be any homeless youth under the age of 21 in the 22 states that have enacted legislation to extend federal foster care funds through age 21 and all but six states report using other funds to support services and housing beyond age 18?

GCAPP at 20

Outreach to Rural Areas Provides National Model for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Georgia Campaign for Power & Potential CEO Kim Nolte is the first to concede that stemming the tide of adolescent pregnancies in rural Georgia has been among the biggest challenges of the nonprofit’s two decades of work in the state. “For years, there were areas where we just couldn’t get any traction,” recalled Nolte. “Even on the days when you want to give up, you keep going because the problems in those areas are so vast.”

As G-CAPP marks its 20th anniversary this year, the nonprofit celebrates plummeting teen pregnancy rates and a reputation for becoming a national youth-work model for its education and communication programs, reaching teens around a mostly rural state.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

The Strange Career of a Children’s Rights Treaty

Sitting in the wings, unwilling to ratify the Children’s Rights Convention, were the United States and South Sudan, the only two holdouts among all the countries in the world, which is ironic since the United States was actively involved in drafting the Children’s Rights Convention 25 years ago.