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Stories, news, resources & tools for action on behalf of children & youth. Meet the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changmakers at http://sparkaction.org/24under24
Stories, news, resources & tools for action on behalf of children & youth. Meet the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changmakers at http://sparkaction.org/24under24

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Every state permits juvenile courts to impose a variety of costs and fees on youth and families for things like probation, a “free” appointed attorney, incarceration, or restitution payments. Juvenile Law Center’s groundbreaking national report reveals a direct link between those costs and increased racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. Find out why these costs and fees are actually making our juvenile justice system less equal and our communities less safe: www.jlc.org/DebtorsPrisonforKids 

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Your Vote is Your Voice: A Toolkit for Youth Justice & Electoral Advocacy
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This is a huge week for juvenile justice! On Thursday, there are two important briefings centered around reviewing the juvenile justice system and how it serves at-risk youth and the sexual abuse prison pipeline for girls.

Learn more about the events and show your support for these important youth issues. http://sparkaction.org/content/act-4-juvenile-justice-mobilizing-toolkit#calendar

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We can’t wait another year before we get smart on #youthjustice. The Senate must vote in favor of S1169 bit.ly/jjdpatoolkit #JJDPAMatters
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"There clearly has been a fundamental shift in our society to recognizing that solitary confinement does present serious constitutional and psychological problems..." 

California Prisons To Limit Number Of Inmates In #SolitaryConfinement

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One of the groups most at risk for disconnection from critically important education and career pathways are the millions of young adults who have spent time in the juvenile or adult justice systems. We can't afford to sideline our young talent!

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"Resources seem to be getting tighter, and funders are making tough decisions. Funders are demanding better data, proof that what they fund works. Youth program's anecdotal evidence of impact will no longer suffice. It's not that these stories are not important—they illustrate the human impact and give the data meaning. They are necessary, but no longer sufficient."

We've seen this play out time and time again. Lack of resources for youth programs and services = lack of results = lack of funding. It's time we learn the importance of making meaningful measurable. (via National AfterSchool Association (NAA) 

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It’s easy to be cynical about Washington, but every now and then Americans need to be reminded that the nation’s leaders do in fact do things that improve people’s lives. Patrick Boyle of the Forum for Youth Investment discusses the kid success stories of vital programs like Medicaid and Chip #InvestinKids

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As entertaining as the ‪#‎GOPDebate‬ was, where was the discussion around ‪#‎studentdebt‬, ‪#‎votingrights‬ or ‪#‎crimianljustice‬ reform? http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/08/07/3689171/things-the-gop-cant-talk-about/

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Join the Act 4 Juvenile Justice Coalition for an audio press conference call featuring conservative and progressive national human and civil
rights leaders discussing the mass incarceration crisis and its implications for juvenile justice. Representatives of law enforcement, the judiciary, and a youth activist will also join the call to discuss their shared commitment to reforming our juvenile justice system http://sparkaction.org/content/whats-happening-now-jjdpa#GetInvolved
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