LA County Puts Thousands of Kids on ‘Voluntary’ Probation for Merely Struggling With School

Marbella Munoz was a foster child for most of her life. As is true for many foster children bounced through multiple placements, she was frequently forced to change schools.
Munoz’ story comes from a new report that examines and analyzes a controversial youth crime prevention strategy run by the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the nation’s largest juvenile probation system . . .

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How LA County Began to Face Its Big Problem With Youth Being Sex-Trafficked

Michelle Guymon is a hero in the world of child sex trafficking prevention.
Seven years ago, she had no idea Los Angeles County had a child sex trafficking problem
Now Guymon is director of the Child Trafficking Unit for the Los Angeles County Probation Department and is part of the group that aims to make LA’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking a model for the nation . . .

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More Protections for Juvenile Offenders Are Before California Legislators

Proposed legislation would move juvenile justice in California closer to rehabilitating youth rather than punishing them, juvenile advocates say . . .

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In-Person Visits, New Underwear, More Counseling: Key Changes Sought in California Juvenile Detention

Should youth incarcerated in California juvenile halls and camps be entitled to new underwear? Should family and friends be assured that their visits to youth in detention facilities be in person rather than through video screens? Should these youth be guaranteed more time outdoors for exercise and fresh air . . .

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Fear of Deportation Leads to Rise in Mental Health Symptoms Among Youth

For 17-year-old Alejandro, dealing with anxiety has been a normal part of teenage life . . .

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Teen Girls’ Photos Raise Awareness of Health Disparities

“Where you live, where you go to school, the amenities in your community, all those things matter to community health.” Beatriz Solis, southern region director of the California Endowment's Healthy Communities initiative. Julianna Aguirre, 16, said she realized she could be part of that change when she joined Las Fotos Project last fall . . .

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LA Center Fills a Gap for Health, Mental Health and Other Services Specifically for LGBT Youth

Growing up on the tough South Side of Chicago, Richard never felt comfortable around people because he never felt normal as a gay youth in a heterosexual world . . .

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Urban Gardening Connects Youth with Health, History, Humanity

You could call it a story of two gardens.

The Learning Garden was established in 2002, planted and maintained by a mix of high school and UCLA extension students, volunteers and the community alike . . .

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Incarcerated Youth and Their Families: Human Just Like Everyone Else

Watching my brother go to jail opened my eyes to the fact that I want to help and work with youth who have been incarcerated. There is no age requirement for the ability to feel pain over an uncontrollable situation. I’m 16 years old, and I’ve probably seen more of the system than most youth out in society . . .

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Nonprofit Art School Helps Youth Thrive in Skid Row, Los Angeles

Nestled among nondescript warehouses and infamous streets, Inner-City Arts in Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row is an oasis for artistic growth and self-exploration that serves more than 8,000 students each year . . .

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