As we count down to #Connection2015, I am still thinking about these three talks from last year and how timely they still are.  Check them out – it’s worth the three minutes. 1) The irony of how justice-involved youth are treated – when should we protect youth vs. impose autonomy by Marsha Levick from the Juvenile Law Center See her full #Connection2014 talk. 2) Putting a name and a face to “those kids” by: Tina Kelley, former New York Times reporter See her full talk, and others, on our YouTube page. 3)  We’re in trouble, I think we’re going down by Mack [Read further...]
The KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally, is a “go-to” resource for anyone interested in the well-being of children and youth. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community.  
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) began on July 1st and many service providers are working with their local partners to frame implementation. WIOA provides new opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) programs to partner with other workforce development programs to meet the needs of SNAP participants. This Fact Sheet from the National Skills Coalition outlines some key areas for collaboration under WIOA. It provides information that could be helpful for youth services providers to collaborate with their local partners to link youth and their families to needed services.  
This manual developed by Public Profit provides a selection of activities to gather youth input for your programming. The activities, offered as an alternative to the tired approach of using surveys, are interactive and engaging.      
7 Steps to Prepare for Connection 2015
By now, you’ve probably heard of Connection 2015. Maybe you were at Connection 2014 or you’ve been around the block and word on the street is that THIS is the gathering you shouldn’t miss. On September 2, 2015, youth leaders from around the country will come together at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia to think, connect, and inspire. Whether you have already registered or you are on the fence about joining us this year in Philadelphia, here are a few things that you should start doing now to prepare for Connection 2015:   1. Brush up on your Philadelphia [Read further...]
Data Storytelling: Effectively Communicating a Problem by Measuring How Many People are Affected
This guest post was written by Tina Kelley, a speaker at Connection 2014 when she was writer-in-residence at Covenant House International.  In her presentation at Connection she spoke of the importance of telling the stories of the youth your agencies serve, as well as learning the lessons from our inevitable failures in telling those stories. She spoke of the young people she and Covenant House President Kevin Ryan interviewed for their national bestseller, Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. You can watch a portion of her presentation below, or watch the full presentation. In this post, she [Read further...]
More and more, OJJDP has been turning to high-tech solutions and the Internet to inform the public of new research findings and their implications for the juvenile justice field. OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) enables users to access online information via OJJDP’s website to learn more about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, SBB provides timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions from policymakers, the media, and the general public. In addition, the data analysis and dissemination tools available [Read further...]