Youth Policy News - January 2016

January edition of Youth Policy News


Youth Policy NEWS
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
Every child deserves the chance to succeed in school, work and life. But it's often the most disadvantaged youth that get the least help as they try to navigate the muddied waters of multifaceted systems. Without that assistance and without the critical services these youth need, their lives can easily take a turn for the worse.

So what can communities do to help? APHSA and Government Technology magazines both ran a recent article by Gary Glickman of Accenture and Elizabeth Gaines of the Forum for Youth Investment that highlights some of the ways that organizations and communities can aggregate and use data to assess, predict and deliver on the right service mix for disconnected youth.
Earlier this year, state and local policy leaders gathered for the Collective Impact Policy Summit in downtown D.C. The Forum for Youth Investment and its partners convened these innovators in the field to share best practices in collective impact policy and learn more about how they are aligning their efforts vertically (from local to federal) and horizontally (across education, human services, health, justice, labor and more). The two-day summit provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and promising practices and harness their collective power in dialogue with key federal government officials.
Read the executive summary of the topics and themes discussed.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 2015 was an active year for state juvenile justice legislation. Some of the highlights include:
  • Three states (West Virginia, South Dakota and North Carolina) passed omnibus juvenile justice legislation.
  • At least five states enacted measures related to status offenses and truancy.
  • Five states limited the circumstances in which juveniles are required to wear restraints, such as shackles, or be detained in solitary confinement.
At the federal level, at the end of 2015, the Senate was on the verge of passing S. 1169, the first reauthorization of the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) since 2002. The bill was held up, and the first session of the 114th Congress came to a close without passage. The JJDPA is the only federal law that sets national standards for the custody and care of youth in the juvenile justice system and provides direction and support for states to improve their juvenile justice programs. It is long overdue for reauthorization.
As we look forward to another successful Ready by 21 National Meeting, this year in Baltimore March 29-31, we wanted to highlight some of the policy-focused workshops and plenaries that we are planning. Headlining on day two Patrick McCarthy, CEO of the Annie E Casey Foundation will moderate a panel of federal, state and local policy leaders working collaboratively to change youth outcomes. There will be workshops on:  the latest research on children's cabinets, mapping public resources for kids, developing new dedicated funding streams, uplifting youth voices, and building systems and pathways for disconnected youth.

Find out more and take advantage of our early-bird savings by registering by Feb. 1.
Young people who are disconnected from education and employment have been dubbed "opportunity youth" in recognition of their tremendous untapped potential. They have unique experiences and perspectives that can provide unparalleled value to companies, to government and to nonprofits. Likewise any efforts to support young men of color should include and even be led by Opportunity Youth. Join this webinar to hear from powerful young people that are standing up as leaders to solve the problems that plague their communities; and learn strategies you can use to authentically engage and elevate these voices in your work.
The webinar will take place on Thurs., Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m. ET.  Register here.  


Publishing Date: 
January 29, 2016