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Opportunity Youth Playbook Companion: Reducing Violence and Providing a Second Chance for Disconnected Boys and Young Men of Color

Below are resources and organizations related to this section of the Opportunity Youth Playbook.

Tools and Resources

Reducing and Mitigating Violence

·       15 Things Cities Can Do to Stop the Violence (Citied United)

·       Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing (PolicyLink)

·       Community-Policing Tools webpage (PolicyLink)

·       Get policy updates, resources and research within YTFG’s three focus areas: Multiple Pathways to Graduation, Youth Justice and Foster Care (Youth Transitions Funders Group)

·       Intersection of Structural Racism and Structural Violence: Understanding Implications for Structural Change in Cities webinar series: Part 1 Structural Racism, Part 2 Structural Violence and Part 3 Structural Change. (Citied United)

·       The Impact of Homophobia and Racism on GLBTQ Youth of Color (Advocates for Youth)

·       Involving the Philanthropic & Corporate Community in Violence Prevention Planning and Action guide  (U.S. Department of Justice)

·       Mapping Police Violence tool (PolicyLink)

·       National Forum on Preventing Youth Violence (U.S. Department of Justice)

·       Opportunity Works sites (Opportunity Works)

·       Trauma-Informed Collaborations Among Juvenile Justice and Other Child-Serving Systems: An Update (U.S. Department of Justice)

·       Visit the following Youth.gov pages to get more information, resources and strategies on the youth topic: Children of Incarcerated Parents, Employment, Homeless and Runaway, Juvenile Justice, LGBT, Mental Health, Reconnecting Youth and Violence Prevention.

·       What Works (And Doesn’t) In Violence Prevention (Citied United)

·       Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps (Corporation for National and Community Service)

Supporting disconnected boys and young men of color involved in the juvenile justices system

·       Civic Justice Corps Toolkit (The Corps Network)

·       Civic Justice Corps: Transforming Reentry Through Service (The Corps Network)

·       Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism (Council of State Governments Justice Center)

·       CrimeSolutions.gov (U.S. Department of Justice)

·       Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

·       Fact Sheet: Disproportionate Minority Contact (Act 4 Juvenile Justice)

·       Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) four core protections (Act 4 Juvenile Justice)

·       National Forum on Youth Violence Strategic Planning Toolkit for Communities: 2012 (National Forum on Youth Violence)

·       Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Program Guide (U.S. Department of Justice)

·       Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Guide for Implementing the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Model (U.S. Department of Justice)

·       policy recommendations to strengthen the JJDPA (Act 4 Juvenile Justice)

·       School-Justice Partnership National Resource Center (National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges)

·       U.S. Department of Justice Roadmap to Reentry (U.S. Department of Justice)

·       Resource Hub: Community-Based Alternatives, Resource Hub: Re-entry and Resource Hub: Evidence-Based Practices (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)

·       Resource Library (School-Justice Partnership National Resource Center)

·       Restoring Justice: A Blueprint for Ensuring Fairness, Safety, and Supportive Treatment of LGBT Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (Center for American Progress)

·       School-Justice Partnership Federal Initiatives page (School-Justice Partnership National Resource Center)

·       School Climate and Discipline webpage (U.S. Department of Education)

·       Status Offense Reform Center’s toolkit (Status Offense Reform Center)

·       State Snapshot interactive map of states with legislative wins (Campaign for Youth Justice)

·       What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse (Council of State Governments Justice Center)

·       White House Fact Sheet: During National Reentry Week, Reducing Barriers to Reentry and Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals (U.S. Department of Justice)

Supporting disconnected boys and young men of color in, or recently aged out from, the foster care system

·       Areas of Expertise (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)

·       Georgetown University Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) (Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform)

·       Interactive Map on Child Welfare (Casey Family Programs)

·       Policy Recommendations (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)

·       Racial Equity Child Welfare Data Analysis Tool (Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare)

·       Second Chance Resources (Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity)

·       Site Implementation Toolkit (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)

·       Success by 18 Campaign (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)

·       Understanding the Intersection of Race, Housing and Child Welfare webinar (Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare)

·       Youth Villages’s YVLifeSet (Youth Villages)

Supporting disconnected boys and young men of color experiencing homelessness

·       Community Plans to End Homelessness and other local, state and federal resources (The National Network for Youth NN4Y)

·       Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County by 2020 (The National Network for Youth NN4Y)

·       Federal Framework to End Youth Homelessness (U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness)

·       Opening Doors for Youth: An action plan to provide all Connecticut youth and young adults with safe, stable homes and opportunity (The National Network for Youth NN4Y)

·       Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit for High School Counselors and McKinney-Vento Liaisons (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth)

·       Using What We Know: Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth  (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth)

Reports and Research

Reducing and Mitigating Violence

·       A Collective Responsibility, A Collective Work: Supporting the Path to Positive Life Outcomes for Youth in Economically Distressed Communities (Center for Law and Social Policy)

·       Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence (Center for Disease Control Division of Violence Prevention)

·       Creating Trauma-Informed Systems (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

·       Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: A Road Map for Safer Communities (Urban Institute)

·       Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color: The Promise and Opportunity (Center for Law and Social Policy)

·       Safe, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Policy Recommendations to Ensure Children Thrive in

·       Supportive Communities Free from Violence and Trauma (Futures without Violence)

·       Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Roundtable: Current Issues and New Directions in Creating

·       Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Systems (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Supporting disconnected boys and young men of color involved in the juvenile justice system

·       Connecticut Post-Secondary Pathways for Opportunity Youth (American Youth Policy Forum)

·       Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Children Welfare Systems Coordinating and Integration  (Models for Change)

·       Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline (U.S. Department of Education)

·       Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness (Council of State Governments Justice Center)

·       Improving Responses to Youth Charged with Status Offenses: A Training Curriculum  (Coalition for Juvenile Justice)

·       Juvenile Justice in a Development Framework: A 2015 Status Report (Models for Change)

·       Life after Lockup (YouthBuild)

·       Making the Right Turn: A Guide About Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Correction Systems (National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth)

·       National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (U.S. Department of Education)

·       National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses  (Coalition for Juvenile Justice)


Supporting disconnected boys and young men of color in, or recently aged out from, the foster care system

·       Changing Course: Improving Outcomes for African American Males Involved with Child Welfare Systems (Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare)

·       Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being of Older Youth in Foster Care (Youth Transitions Funders Group)

·       From Conversation to Collaboration: How Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agencies Can Work Together to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth (Models for Change)

·       Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practices (Youth Transitions Funders Group)

·       Strategies to Reduce Racially Disparate Outcomes in Child Welfare (Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare)

·       The Transition to Adulthood: How States can Support Older Youth in Foster Care (National Governors Association Center for Best

·       Youth Villages Transitional Living Program Evaluation report and infographic (MDRC)

Supporting disconnected boys and young men of color experiencing homelessness

·       Homeless LGBTQ Youth brief (Urban Institute)

·       From the Streets to Stability: A study of youth homelessness in the District of Columbia (DC Alliance of Youth Advocates)

·       National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth (The National Network for Youth NN4Y)

·       Serving our Youth 2015: The Needs and Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth Experiencing Homelessness (True Colors Fund)

·       Practices)

·       What Works to End Youth Homeless (The National Network for Youth NN4Y)

National Organizations, Networks and Initiatives

·       Act 4 Juvenile Justice is a campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), which represents more than 180 national organizations who work on youth development and juvenile justice issues. ACT4JJ is composed of juvenile justice, child welfare and youth development organizations advocating for the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and increased federal funding for juvenile justice programs and service.

·       Advancement Project  Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.

·       Advocates for Youth champion efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.

·       Anti-Recidivism Coalition changes lives and creates safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for, and comprised of, formerly incarcerated men and women.

·       The Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, managed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy's (CSSP), provides national leadership in support of improved outcomes for children and families of color involved with the nation’s child welfare system. In many jurisdictions, outcomes for children and families of color who are served by the child welfare system are not what the families, child welfare administrators or policymakers would want them to be. The Alliance is committed to taking action to improve these outcomes in the context of our underlying commitment to improve outcomes for all children and families receiving child welfare services.

·       Campaign for Youth Justice is a national initiative focused entirely on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

·       Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Casey Family Programs is working to provide and improve — and ultimately prevent the need for — foster care.

·       Center for Disease Control Division of Violence Prevention works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Violence is a serious public health problem. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life. Many more survive violence and suffer physical, mental, and or emotional health problems throughout the rest of their lives. CDC is committed to stopping violence before it begins.

·       Cities United is a national movement focused on eliminating the violence in American cities related to African American men and boys. The 56 mayors (and counting) participating in Cities United intend to reduce violence by 50%, by the year 2020, in each of their cities. Moreover, they are committed to restoring hope to their communities and building pathways to justice, employment, education, and increased opportunities for residents

·       Coalition for Juvenile Justice is a nationwide coalition of State Advisory Groups (SAGs), organizations, individuals, youth, and allies dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system.

·       The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. Staff provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

·       The Counted: People Killed by Police in the U.S. is a project by the Guardian – and the public – working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015 and 2016, to monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how they died.

·       Futures without Violence has provided groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.

·       Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform supports and educates leaders across systems of care to advance a balanced, multi-system approach to improving outcomes for, and promoting the positive development of, youth at risk of juvenile justice involvement.

·       Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is to ensure that young people—primarily those ages 14 through 25—make successful transitions from foster care to adulthood, by working nationally, in states, and locally to improve policies and practices, promote youth engagement, apply evaluation and research, and create community partnerships.

·       Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is the only publication covering juvenile justice and related issues nationally on a consistent, daily basis. Focused not just on delivering information, but rather on an “exchange” of ideas, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange fosters a community of support around the issues facing the youth of our country. Members are made up of people who are interested in doing what is best for at-risk kids, along with industry professionals who work with children on a daily basis and citizens of Georgia and around the United States.

·       Models for Change supports a network of government and court officials, legal advocates, educators, community leaders, and families working together to ensure that kids who make mistakes are held accountable and treated fairly throughout the juvenile justice process. We provide research-based tools and techniques to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational and developmentally-appropriate.

·       National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Through state and federal policy and technical assistance to NAEHCY members, students, and the public, we change systems so all children and youth can learn, succeed academically, and achieve their dreams.

·       The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.

·       The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) was awarded funding by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to support the School-Justice Partnership Project. The purpose of this project is to enhance collaboration and coordination among schools, mental and behavioral health specialists, law enforcement and juvenile justice officials to help students succeed in school and prevent negative outcomes for youth and communities.

·       National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Coalition is a collaborative array of youth- and family- serving, social justice, law enforcement, corrections, and faith-based organizations, working to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve public safety by promoting fair and effective policies, practices and programs for youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

·       The National Network for Youth is a membership organization of service providers, state agencies, coalitions, faith-based organizations, advocates and individuals that educates the public and policymakers about the needs of homeless and disconnected youth.

·       PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®.

·       Opportunity Works, an initiative of Jobs for the Future, in partnership with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF), is building the evidence base of what works to improve the credential attainment and employment prospects of low-income opportunity youth—16 to 24 year olds, with or without high school diplomas, who are insufficiently attached to education and the workforce.

·       Status Offense Reform Center offers resources and tools to policymakers and practitioners interested in creating effective alternatives to juvenile justice system involvement for youth who commit status offenses—behaviors that are problematic but certainly not criminal in nature.

·       True Colors Fund, co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, the True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.

·       U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinates and catalyzes the federal response to homelessness, working in close partnership with Cabinet Secretaries and other senior leaders across our 19 federal member agencies.

·       Youth Transitions Funders Group is a national network of funders that work together to support the well-being and economic success of vulnerable young people age 14 to 25. YTFG seeks to ensure that all young people have lifelong family, personal, and community connections and the opportunities and tools to succeed throughout adulthood.

·       Youth.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 19 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth.