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February

This primer to a new report from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education shares research on to the cradle-to-prision pipeline and cites ten common contributors to it.  The full report, expected to be released soon, will include recommendations for action. Disrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline – Primer
This month’s meeting explored two pressing questions and began to outline a coordinated research project that could help us shaping our housing resources to improve outcomes for youth.  For more information on Coordinated Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness, click here.   Q: What is your community’s current or planned relationship between youth coordinated entry systems (CES) and other coordinated entry systems (ie. family, single adults, etc.) A: Hollywood, CA has their coordinator for the single adult system attend coordinated care meetings for their youth CES, and a youth rep will attend the coordinated care meetings for their single adult CES meetings. They [Read further...]
Awareness at a Cost:  The Risk of Unintentional Exploitation in Sharing Youth Voice
In the youth services provider community there has been a movement to recognize that youth involvement in meaningful roles is not just a good idea, but can actually lead to positive outcomes. “Nothing about me without me” (Valerie Billingham) is one of my favorite quotes to capture the idea that a young person must be fully involved in conversations about the services and goals intended to benefit them. Not simply involved, but leading the decision making. The value of bringing youth voice to efforts that raise awareness is a natural extension of this paradigm shift. Who better to narrate a [Read further...]
Funding for federal grants has been reduced across the board and grants for youth & families services is no exception.   Our 2016 Federal Grants Update Webinar provides a review of the 2016 federal budget, and is designed to help youth providers succeed in this highly competitive environment and creatively take advantage of the funding to be released during the 2016 grant season. It includes: Examples of 2016 federal grants which support services to youth in high risk situations When federal agencies are expected to release remaining federal grant announcements in 2016 The top 5 pitfalls of applicants in federal reviews and how [Read further...]
This Mentoring Guidebook, developed as part of Department of Labor’s Young Parents Demonstration, was based in part on the experiences of the four grantees. While it was developed to support the four demonstration grantees, this guidebook offers user-friendly guidance to local workforce programs and agencies that want to develop and implement mentoring programs to help youth or young parents improve their employment and education or training outcomes. Authors provide a five-step guidebook that included “suggestions, strategies, examples, and tools intended to help organizations set up a mentoring program or add a mentoring component to an existing youth services program.  
About the Poetry The poetry of Veronica Boyd: sharing her experience of what it means to be an African in this America. About Veronica Veronica Boyd is a native Philadelphian performing artist.   She is 19 and currently a student at Community College of Philadelphia majoring in Theatre.  Veronica enjoys creating songs and the spoken word in her spare time as well as playing basketball and tennis.   She is currently interning for the DoRememberMe Project Global Initiative and Yram, under Sannii Crespina-Flores, working with young people from across Philadelphia to contact other young people from other parts of the world and [Read further...]
Do the right thing, the smart thing, the relevant thing.  Listening when youth speak truth to power, and learning how and whether our programs and services are really working. About Valerie Valerie Threlfall, is no stranger to striving for authenticity and intentionality in working with young people.  From 2008-2012, she lead one of the first national efforts to gather feedback from students about what is working and not working in their schools. This included founding the Youth Truth project, which surveyed over 125,000 kids from 210 different schools, one of the first national efforts to gather comparative feedback from students [Read further...]
LGBTQ youth face a number of unique challenges in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.  What is it about our policies, and our own reactions to these youth, that makes them invisible when they most need support? About Mykel Mykel Selph is a criminal and juvenile justice professional with expertise in gender-responsive principles, the treatment of the LGBTQI population, sexual safety, and the intersection of race and culture in relation to justice system reform.  She has worked with multiple correctional agencies throughout the country on these issues, including her time as the Director of the Office of Girls and Gender [Read further...]
About the Song Madness is an original composition written and performed by Kayla Avitabile, a singer/songwriter voice for youth who, at age 15, also happens to be one. About Kayla Kayla Avitabile is a 15 year old eclectic alt singer/songwriter whose powerful vocals and soulful interpretations set the stage for a year of big performances in a variety of festivals, and TV appearances.  In 2014, Kayla was the debut alternative music artist in the Valley Youth House Youth Artist in Residence Program, funded by Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation. Kayla has been nominated for the Best New Artist for the Lehigh [Read further...]
5.5 million Americans ages 18 to 24 are out of work and not in school and nearly ¾ of these ‘opportunity youth’ are people of color.  Multi-cultural buying power is driving our economy, but our failure to engage this key millennial group will cut that buying power in half.  We must respond at scale with employer led solutions and community buy-in to create a more inclusive and competitive economy.  But how? About Jeffery As President of LeadersUp, Jeffery T.D. Wallace is responsible for establishing the strategic framework for creating employer-led solutions that address youth disconnection and yield large scale successful [Read further...]