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This Training and Employment Guidance Letter TEGL 19-14, lays out the vision for a revitalized transformed workforce system as a result of implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Further, it encourages workforce system leaders and partners to take action now to support successful implementation to fully realize the vision of WIOA. Finally, it provides an overview of upcoming guidance and technical assistance to support effective implementation of WIOA.   http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=7353
Juvenile Records:  A National Review of State Laws on Confidentiality, Sealing, and Expungement
Does your state do a good job of protecting the confidentiality of youth in the juvenile justice system? Does it make the process of sealing and expungement accessible to youth? Many state laws and policies fail to adequately protect children, creating significant obstacles for youth in areas from employment to education and housing. This report recently developed by the Juvenile Law Center provides a state by state breakdown and shares recommendations to protect your state’s youth. http://juvenilerecords.jlc.org/juvenilerecords/documents/publications/national-review.pdf
Assisting job seekers who have criminal records—and the employers that may hire them—represents one of the most persistently vexing challenges for workforce development organizations. In this report, Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI), a direct training and technical assistance providers for practitioners and organizations in this area, shares what they’ve learned about effective strategies and practices. http://workforceprofessionals.org/resources/documents/Getting_the_RAP_Down.pdf  
Wildeman, Christopher. 2014. Parental Incarceration, Child Homelessness, and the Invisible Consequences of Mass Imprisonment. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 651: 74-96. The share of the homeless population composed of African Americans and children has increased since the early 1980s, but the causes of these changes remain poorly understood. This article considers the effects of paternal and maternal incarceration on child homelessness using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, the sole dataset that (1) represents the urban children most at risk of homelessness, (2) establishes appropriate time-order between parental incarceration and child homelessness, and [Read further...]
This post was written by Mack McGhee. In the last 21 years, Mack has worked in various capacities dedicated to the goal of empowering, encouraging, and motivating youth and individuals to succeed, no matter their circumstance. He has served as Deputy Director at Youth Outreach Services, Corrections Administrator for TASC, Inc., Illinois Department of Corrections’ Sheridan Program, and Director of Training for Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Mack currently serves as Dean of Students for Urban Prep Academies for Young Men West Campus. MANY was honored to have Mack as one of our Connection 2014 speakers. When you say [Read further...]
Youth mentoring programs rely largely on volunteers, but youth facing significant risks may be poor candidates for volunteer-based interventions. Full-time ‘professional’ mentors in highly structured programs may be better suited to partner effectively with such youth and their families, but few studies examine professional mentoring interventions. Because of mentoring’s inherent flexibility, mentors’ role conceptualizations can profoundly influence the nature of their work. Serving as a professional mentor may have important implications for how mentors conceptualize and perform their role. This qualitative study examined the role conceptions of professional mentors serving at-risk youth.
Thirty-three U.S. states and jurisdictions spend $100,000 or more annually to incarcerate a young person, and continue to generate outcomes that result in even greater costs. The Justice Policy Institute’s new report, “Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration”, provides estimates of the overall costs resulting from the negative outcomes associated with incarceration. The report finds that these long-term consequences of incarcerating young people could cost taxpayers $8 billion to $21 billion each year.
On December 11th senators introduced a bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), our country’s broadest federal juvenile justice law. The measure, which was first enacted 40 years ago, provides four core protections for young people who are involved in the juvenile justice system. The JJDPA requires that states address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) within their juvenile justice systems, ensures that children are not placed in adult jails, and requires that incarcerated youth and adults be separated by both sight and sound barriers. The JJDPA also prohibits the incarceration of children for status offenses, behaviors that violate [Read further...]
Katie had been in Baltimore less than 24 hours when police burst into a Linthicum hotel room during a prostitution sting in May 2011. Her arrest that day brought a mix of fear and relief. The young woman, originally from Texas, had worked in prostitution on and off since she was 13 — when she was trafficked by her first pimp. Eight years later, she would turn 21 in jail. Katie eventually found social services that she said helped her get her life straightened out. But she still had prostitution charges on her record, and they weighed heavily on her [Read further...]
The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is proud to announce the launch of the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC). The goal of the NMRC is to provide comprehensive resources with training and technical assistance to support programs in more deeply incorporating evidence-based practices to improve their quality and effectiveness moving towards more positive outcomes for our nation’s young people. The National Mentoring Resource Center has three components: an interactive website, no-cost specialized technical assistance for mentoring programs and the National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board. The website features resources for the youth mentoring field, including a “What Works in Mentoring” section; [Read further...]