“Nobody thinks we are a county in which kids go hungry, but we are,” said Tammy Fields, Palm Beach County youth services director. The county recently released a master plan, drawing together many parties — including youth themselves — to define and address problems.
Our approach to staff development should be rethought and and expanded. A continuum of professional development that targets individual needs, fosters and develops specific talents, skill sets, areas of interest and expertise is vital.
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.
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.
After-school programs aimed at helping children from low-income families have survived changes at the White House, in Congress and even some attempts to pull funding when the Every Student Succeeds Act was adopted in 2015.
A sea of pink “pussycat hats,” many home-knitted, surged down the streets of Washington, District of Columbia, on the heads of women and girls taking part in the huge multigenerational Women’s March on Washington on Saturday.