Beyond Bars: Keeping Young People Safe At Home and Out of Youth Prisons
The report should serve as a handbook for juvenile justice administrators, legislators, judges, the non-profit community and youth advocates for how to end the practice of youth incarceration, promote public safety and restore a sense of belonging for our young people in their homes and neighborhoods. Our collective experiences tell us that communities that are often characterized by intense needs also have extraordinary assets that can be easily overlooked. We advocate for leveraging those assets as one means to meet those intense needs, and providing greater resources for neighborhood-based services and programs. Produced by NHSA's National Collaboration for Youth.
NCCP 50-State Policy Tracker
State policy doesn’t always work in favor of the children and families most in need. Even though safety net programs are intended to help low-income working families cover basic needs, a family could still face policies that discourage saving for emergencies or bar them from critical nutrition assistance programs. In fact, earning and saving more money can actually make some families worse off financially when states set very restrictive eligibility requirements for important work supports. It all depends on which state they call home.
To help policymakers and advocates spot innovative approaches to support the neediest families, the National Center for Children in Poverty recently launched its 50-State Policy Tracker, an online analysis tool that compares state economic assistance programs. The Policy Tracker can help identify best practices to alleviate poverty by comparing safety net policies, revealing variation among states, and modeling how policy choices can help low-income working parents succeed in making ends meet.
The NCCP 50-State Policy Tracker makes it easy for policymakers, journalists, social researchers, and advocates to quickly and accurately compare state policies and programs vital to the well-being of low-income families. Using state data for important social policies and programs including the Earned Income Tax Credit; family and medical leave; TANF; SNAP; and Medicaid, the tracker allows users to compare impacts in a single state, states in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West, or all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Find out more information at www.nccp.org/tools/policy.
The Impact of Youth Development Programs On Student Academic Achievement
This brief cites the importance of a full-range of developmental assets, in school, in the home and in the community, that youth need to succeed. It indicates that meaningful progress in improving educational outcomes must involve multiple stakeholders and a variety of sustained efforts over time.