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Understanding the Unique Challenges of Female Incarceration - The Sentencing Project

The number of incarcerated women stands nearly eight times higher than in 1980, with over 200,000 women behind bars. There are over 7,000 girls, predominantly girls of color, in youth confinement around the country. Analyzing female incarceration…
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LGBTQI Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings: Closing the Gap Between Recommended Practice and Reality

Last month, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) hosted a webinar on working with LGBTQI youths in juvenile justice settings and closing the gap between recommended practice and reality including a discussion of and development…
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Push for Children's Trust Pits Orange County Mayor Against Longtime Kids' Advocate - The Orlando Sentinel

Dick Batchelor, chairman of the Children's Trust of Orange County, has made allegations that Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs tried to thwart an Orange County Commission vote on services for homeless, impoverished, abuse, and at-risk children…
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Raised in the System - VICE News

The Emmy-winning weekly news magazine series VICE returns for its sixth season with an extended special season premiere featuring Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, The Night Of) as he embarks on a personal journey to expose…
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Intersection: First Tri-County Homeless Youth Count

As of last October, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties had 268 unaccompanied homeless youth aged 13 to 24. Read more and listen.
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Fernandez Case Highlights the Long-Term Implications of Incarcerating Youthful Offenders - The Florida Times-Union

After serving nearly seven years for the death of his younger brother, 19-year-old Cristian Fernandez will face many obstacles once released back into society. Read more.   Photo by Izhar Khan from Pexels.
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NIH Releases First Dataset from Unprecedented Study of Adolescent Brain Development - National Institutes of Mental Health

The National Institutes of Health today released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the…
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A Portrait of Disadvantage: Understanding Poverty's Influence on Child Development - PolicyLab

Last week, PolicyLab released  its newest report, A Portrait of Disadvantage: Understanding Poverty's Influence on Child Development. It has long been understood that children living in poverty experience poor health outcomes as a result…
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Central Florida's Homeless Students Top 14,000 - The Orlando Sentinel

A new study has found that there are nearly 15,000 homeless students in Central Florida, which includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties. Read more and watch.
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Education Desk: When Students Find Themselves Homeless - WMFE

Christina Savino, Senior Administrator of Homeless and Migrant Services for  Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), discusses how the county assists homeless students. Read more and listen.
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Free Webinar: Federal Legislation to Promote Access and Success in Higher Education for Youth in Foster Care and Experiencing Homelessness - Wednesday, September 27 at 4:00-5:00 pm ET

Two important pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to promote higher education success for youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care, “Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act”…
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YES on the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act and the Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2017

A number of juvenile advocacy organizations have endorsed the introduction of two new bills in Congress. According to the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY)—S. 1795 was…