Juvenile Justice

Coordinated Community Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness: A Learning Collaborative
The Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) Communities across the country are designing coordinated responses to end youth homelessness using a collective impact approach.  Since June 2015, MANY has convened a broad spectrum of partners including service providers, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and the Melville Charitable Trust to form the Coordinated Entry Learning Community (CELC). The CELC works to identify and share best practices in real time while cultivating a strong evidence-base to refine and improve coordinated entry efforts. What [Read further...]
Improving Services for Youth Who Are LGBT in Juvenile Justice Systems Fact Sheet This fact sheet serves as a resource to enhance the capacity of State and local administrators and practitioners to improve policies and practices that promote the safe, inclusive treatment of youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in juvenile justice systems. The document explores the experiences of youth who are LGBT generally, their entry into and experiences within juvenile justice systems, and recommendations for policy and practice. Additional resources for improving juvenile justice services are presented at the end of the document. To view the [Read further...]
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...]
Federal funding has been reduced across the board and funding for youth & families services is no exception.   With the unprecedented fiscal landscape, organizations depend on MANY to identify and share potential funding opportunities, as well as effectively prepare them to be competitive through our webinars and proposal review services.  Last year, we helped organizations secure more than $40 million in federal funding to support local services.  In fact, 82% of organizations who utilized our personal proposal review service were successfully funded in 2015  – the cost effective combination of the webinars and the proposal review service will increase your organization’s ability [Read further...]
$3,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice supports MANY’s Mentoring+ Initiative
$3,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice supports MANY’s Mentoring+ Initiative MANY, a national network designed to strengthen outcomes for youth and young adults at highest risk for victimization and/or delinquency has been awarded $3,000,000 over three years to help local organizations fill the mentoring gap that exists nationally. “Thanks to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, MANY’s Mentoring+ sites will be able to expand services to thousands of youth currently on waiting lists in agency programs in as many as 16 states,” said Megan Blondin, Executive Director of MANY. Recent data demonstrates juvenile delinquency impacts significant [Read further...]
With increasingly higher representation of young women and girls in juvenile justice systems, efforts to reform these systems must include an intentional focus on redesigning for a more developmental approach that supports the healing and healthy development of girls and young women. This report released by the National Crittenton Foundation found that gender injustice reform efforts routinely fail to tailor initiatives to issues that girls face. Despite research showing that girls often are criminalized for behaviors that result from the abuse, violence, adversity, and deprivation they have experienced, few reform initiatives intervene along those pathways or address the specific ways in which [Read further...]
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...]
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...]
This guest post was written by Gordon McDougall, founder and president of Beacon Consulting Group and a speaker at Connection 2014. His presentation at Connection offered an insider’s view into the current government trends for nonprofits, and discussed the challenges and benefits of the ‘pay for success’ funding phenomenon. You can watch a portion of his presentation below, or click here to watch the full presentation. In this post, he discusses how the momentum for criminal justice reform is taking shape at a governmental level, and what this means for youth and youth-serving nonprofits. More great speakers like Gordon will be joining us [Read further...]