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Zari Tarazona

8 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has made a concerted effort toward reducing the number of youth being arrested in schools. Leadership, including the school police commissioner and district attorney, changed procedures so that youth, ins...

The Trace

Amanda Loudin

11 December 2019

Ellicott City, Maryland, United States

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Start With Hello, an initiative from the NGO Sandy Hook Promise, gives students the opportunity to diversify who they know and interact with in a long-term effort to prevent school violence and shootings. The program,...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

6 December 2019

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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RVA League For Safer Streets uses a basketball league as "bait" to change young men's lives by teaching critical thinking and better ways to resolve conflicts. The Richmond, Virginia, program was co-founded in prison ...

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Jessica Lee

18 November 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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About 40% fewer people were shot in gang-related disputes in Minneapolis during one interval in the first year of the city's Group Violence Intervention initiative. The program uses "call-ins" where people at high ris...

NJ Advance Media

Barry Carter

18 November 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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The 10-year-old Newark Youth Court has heard some 700 cases in which high school students serve as judge, jury, and lawyers in proceedings that avoid school discipline or criminal charges with creative exercises in pe...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

16 November 2019

Australia

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In Australia, a universal survey in several secondary schools helps to identify students who are at risk of becoming homeless and connects them with wraparound services. The prevention-based model may soon be piloted ...

Philadelphia Gay News

Laura Smythe

13 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness and/or with a foster placement history, barriers to education, work, health, and general safety are a common experience. The Quads on Lancaster supportive housing program in ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Rebecca Bellan

22 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Since 2015, Project Reset has diverted potential criminal cases to programs that change behaviors without imposing punishment or staining people's records with criminal convictions. Art classes, behavioral therapy, an...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

20 October 2019

Renton, Washington, United States

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A nonprofit in Seattle is identifying youth between the ages of 16 to 24 who are out of school and work and reconnecting them with the public education system. Two-thirds of students enrolled in the program have gone ...

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Sarah Rigg

16 October 2019

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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Telling It, a Ypsilanti, Michigan based organization, uses creative writing, spoken word, and other forms of self-expression as a method of healing and mental health care for area youth. It hires people with similar l...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

11 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, the Close to Home initiative is taking a different approach to juvenile justice by centering it around a localized, residential, and rehabilitative model. These facilities operate out of traditional-...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Michael Tashji

30 August 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Working to train therapy dogs helps kids with issues learn how to cope. Rising Ground, an organization in New York City, provides animal therapy as part of a residential placement program for juveniles facing problems...

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Bekah McNeel

13 August 2019

San Antonio, California, United States

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There is a certain population of youth aged 16-24 that are neither in school nor working because of some derailment (oftentimes burdensome responsibilities) along the way. A national organization called Nxt Level help...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

6 August 2019

Oregon, United States

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Youth Villages, a nonprofit started in Tennessee over 30 years ago has helped improve the lives of children who face difficulties in their homes while saving money on the child welfare system. Instead of immediately r...

Things That Work Uganda

Caleb Okereke

26 July 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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In 2018 Bidibidi's Got Talent crowned the dance group Burn dem squad as best in the entire settlement. The group was founded by a few teenage boys and is now made up of 15 members aged 17-19. The founders say that the...

High Country News

Bridget Bennett

5 July 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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Clark County, Nevada has one of the largest populations of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness - fifth in the nation after San Jose, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Shelters like the Shannon West Homeles...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

2 July 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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PowerCorps is a program that provides job training for young adults in Camden, New Jersey. It matches participants with opportunities to improve the green infrastructure in the community and is supported by the Camden...

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Monica Humphries

18 June 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A New York organization called Brooklyn Boatworks conducts an after school program for students across NYC to learn STEM skills through the construction of a boat. The teaching model is built to support students who d...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

23 May 2019

United States

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Across the United States, libraries are acting as more than hubs of literature. From acting as safe havens in emergencies, to places of support and community in times of distress, and to information headquarters where...

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Lindsay Walker

20 May 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, an emergency housing program called HomeBase gives homeless young people an opportunity for structure, community, and a second chance. The shelter is open to young adult men and women and provides classes ...

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Fi Glover

30 April 2019

Glasgow, Scotland

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In Glasgow, Scotland, the city is taking a public health approach to knife crime. Instead of just grappling with the effects of violence, the city is taking a preventative, multi-pronged approach and addressing some o...

Christianity Today

Bekah McNeel

22 April 2019

El Paso, Texas, United States

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For undocumented youth who commute between El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico for school, finding a community to connect with and feel safe in is especially challenging. The Christian youth organization Young Life is t...

NBC News

Ron Allen

13 April 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

Broadcast TV News

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In Newark Youth Court, the common mistakes and misbehavior of childhood lead to a trial in which all of the participants are high school students, and the outcomes center on second chances and atoning for wrongdoing t...

Next City

Emily Nonko

8 April 2019

California, United States

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Sheriffs' offices can provide resources and encourage underserved communities and communities struck hard by disinvestment to grow their civic capacity. In Alameda County, California, the county sheriff’s office opera...

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CeFaan Kim

5 April 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In Newark, NJ, kids are opting to stay late at school on Friday nights to hang out. This is possible because of West Side High School’s Lights On program, created to give students structured entertainment and to prote...

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