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Youth Advocate Programs Gets Federal Stamp of Approval

Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), a rapidly expanding provider of alternatives to out-of-home care in juvenile justice and child welfare, has been named a “promising practice” by the Justice Department. The Harrisburg, Penn.-based


The Next Chapter for Reforming California’s Juvenile Justice Agency: A Therapeutic Model

As California works toward finalizing a new state budget, the legislature this week provided some long-awaited clues about the future of reforms to the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). A budget approved by the state legislature now appears to call for the creation of an $8 million “therapeutic communities” pilot project inspired by a successful alternative to youth incarceration in large facilities.


In L.A., Nine in Ten Incarcerated Youth Have a Documented Mental Health Issue

After a new report found that more than 90 percent of youth in the county’s juvenile halls had an open mental health case, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors pledged to improve mental health care to justice-involved youth in county.


Tomorrow San Francisco May Repeal and Replace Juvenile Incarceration

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised to shut down its juvenile hall and leave in its place a plan that would largely rely on community-based services to deal with young offenders.

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A Complete Breakdown of America’s New Juvenile Justice Law

At long last, federal law on a key juvenile justice policy has been dusted off. On December 21, the day the government shut down, President Trump signed into law the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, an update to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which was passed in 1974.


Google and 49ers Sow $2.4 Million Investment into Youth Justice Reform in California

The philanthropic arm of Google and the San Francisco 49ers football club are giving $2.35 million to the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) to support the California Youth Justice Initiative, a comprehensive juvenile justice reform effort in Santa Clara County, California.


    Succeeding Its Founder, YouthBuild CEO Takes Program into Fifth Decade

    In the late 1970s, a youth worker in New York City named Dorothy Stoneman started a program that paired entry into the construction trade with academic advancement to draw in youth who had fallen off the path to graduation and employment.

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    Youth Advocate Programs, Major Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Provider, Gets $20 Million Investment from Ballmer Group

    Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), a community-based juvenile justice and child welfare organization with programs in nearly half of the United States, has received a major investment from Washington-based grant maker Ballmer Group to increase its staff and structural capacity.

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    Learn How to Hire Effectively for Restorative Juvenile Justice Programs

    A national coalition of advocates for restorative justice, a strategy that brings offenders together with victims in the spirit of reconciliation, will host a webinar this Wednesday to discuss how to effectively hire youth work professionals for jobs in the restorative sector, particularly for school-based programs.