Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.
Federal- and State-Level Data
There are major sources for juvenile justice data at the federal- and state-level.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Compendium of National Juvenile Justice Data Sets
This is a resource for researchers in the areas of juvenile offending, victimization, and contact with the juvenile justice system that both publicizes useful data sources and provides information intended to help with the practical aspects of obtaining and analyzing data.
Statistical Briefing Book
This site provides comprehensive national datasets for a wide range of juvenile justice-related topics and subtopics as well as data analysis tools, frequently-asked questions and answers, and links to other statistical resources. Also included are links to data-focused OJJDP publications.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Juvenile Justice Section
This site features frequently-asked juvenile justice-related questions and answers as well as publications, related links, and event listings.
These webpages provide easy-to-understand national and state-by-state data tables and graphics reflecting student demographics, academic performance, academic and vocational outcomes, and more, for youth involved and at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system.
National Center for Juvenile Justice
State Juvenile Justice Profiles
These profiles feature information and analysis regarding each state's juvenile justice system, illustrating the uniqueness of the 51 separate juvenile justice systems in the United States.
Other Resources on this Topic
Tools & Guides
Videos & Podcasts
Webinars & Presentations
Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people
Statistics reflecting the number of youth suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders highlight the necessity for schools, families, support staff, and communities to work together to develop targeted, coordinated, and comprehensive transition plans for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse.
Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.
Research has demonstrated that as many as one in five children/youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Read about how coordination between public service agencies can improve treatment for these youth.
Civic engagement has the potential to empower young adults, increase their self-determination, and give them the skills and self-confidence they need to enter the workforce. Read about one youth’s experience in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).