“Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration” estimates the long-term costs incurred by taxpayers as a result of the negative outcomes of incarcerating juvenile offenders. Such long-term costs include the effects of recidivism, fewer future earnings and tax revenues, additional public assistance spending, and higher victimization rate. These long-term costs could cost taxpayers $8-$21 billion each year. The report offers recommendations for reducing incarceration, including shifting funding to community-based alternatives and investing in diversion and prevention programs. This report was released by the Justice Policy Institute. Learn more.
A new study indicates that American children and teens, 9-18 years old, who smoke may also use a variety of other nicotine delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookahs, and pipes. Potential harms of using multiple products include increased nicotine exposure during brain development and risk of nicotine addiction.
In observance of National Runaway Prevention Month, this slideshow provides tips for youth-serving professionals and programs on how they can keep youth from running away and help them if they do run. Learn more.
This blog post provides easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more.
In observance of National Runaway Prevention Month, this slideshow provides tips for youth-serving professionals and programs on how they can youth from running away and helping them if they do run. Learn more.
This report examines new tools to gauge and prevent potential school crises and new uses for familiar technologies in school settings. It also highlights successful safety programs in urban and rural schools. Learn more (PDF, 82 pages).
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
The Franklin Project, the National Conference on Citizenship, and CNCS announce the Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge, an effort that challenges higher education institutions to create innovative new service-year opportunities connected to academic credit for students. Learn more.
Two new reports published by ACF describe what is known about the human service needs of LGBT populations and discuss areas for future research:
- Human Services for Low-Income and At-Risk LGBT Populations: An Assessment of the Knowledge Base and Research Needs — explores what is known about the human service needs of low-income and at-risk LGBT people and their interactions with human services, especially those funded by ACF, and identifies important topics for further research in this area.
- Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower (RISE) Report — survey to determine the number of youth in L.A. County’s foster care system who identify as LGBTQ, and an intentional model to address both the system-level and individual-level bias against LGBTQ youth in foster care.
This blog entry describes the new task force created to examine the impact of violence on children in Indian country. This task force, which originated from the findings of the Defending Childhood Initiative, comprises a federal working group and an advisory committee of experts. It will hold its first hearing on December 9, 2013. Learn more.
Date: December 11, 2 - 3:15 p.m. EST
This webinar will explore the unique needs of youth with learning and related disabilities and the ways in which justice facilities and schools can support youth success. The webinar will also discuss academic and instructional approaches, and behavioral and social emotional supports that facilities are using. Learn more.
Date: December 1, 2014, 3:30 - 5 p.m. EST
This webinar will feature representatives from federal agencies discussing the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth program, which will offer unique flexibility to 10 pilots to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcomes-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth. Speakers will address the application requirements and selection criteria for this opportunity. Learn more.
Date: January 30, 2014; 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will focus on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth in the juvenile justice system. Andrea Coleman, OJJDP’s DMC Coordinator, will discuss the unique characteristics of API youth, their rates of DMC and the stereotypes that lead to their contact with the system, and strategies for effectively working with this diverse population. Learn more.
Date: January 23, 2014; 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
This webinar, presented by OJJDP in collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, will focus on youth diversion programs. Panelists will discuss program development, implementation challenges, and successes, and will highlight strategies that law enforcement agencies can consider when creating or enhancing a diversion program. Learn more.
Date: February 6, 2014; 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will feature a discussion of the major evidence-based practice resources available to juvenile justice professionals and a comparison of rating systems. Presenters will explore the research presented, discuss how to apply it in daily work, and encourage practitioners in the field to be critical consumers of research evidence. Learn more.
Date: November 19, 2014, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST
On November 19, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice will hold the first in a series of webinars related to human trafficking. This event will focus on the nature and impact of sex trafficking, the history of the response to trafficking in the United States, the intersection of sex trafficking and juvenile justice, and current federal and state laws that aim to prevent the criminalization of trafficking victims. Learn more.
Date: March 10, 2015, 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will highlight the work of the RISE Project, a demonstration project run by the Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center. Presenters will highlight key components of the RISE Project’s intervention approach, including outreach and relationship building, designed to help public and private agency staff competently serve LGBT and Questioning youth, and the use of care and coordination teams, which use a team-based approach to helping LGBT and Questioning young people. The findings of the Los Angeles Foster Youth Survey, conducted by RISE, will also be discussed.