How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars

11/23/2021

How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars

The organization Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, or CURYJ, has been transforming lives in East Oakland for over a decade.

When the Highs Combat the Lows

11/22/2021

When the Highs Combat the Lows: Substance Abuse and its Impact on Foster Youth

A prevalent escape that poses a great threat to the success of many foster youth is drug use, writes Millie Tejan-gbla.

11/22/2021

The Holidays Aren’t Always a Celebration. It’s Much More Complicated for Foster Youth

I was driving through my neighborhood recently, and saw someone hanging up Christmas lights. I said to myself, “It’s not even Halloween, yet.” It was barely October and I was already growing tired and in some ways beginning to resent the holiday season. 

The System That Locks Away Youth is Not Justice

11/11/2021

The System That Locks Away Youth is Not Justice

Youth Voice Contributor Shay House asks: How can we throw children away, isolate them in cells and call it justice?

11/9/2021

Snapshots From the Life in the Foster Care System

Youth Voice partnered with Foster Advocates, an organization in Minnesota dedicated to fostering advocacy, policy change and organizing with and for Fosters statewide. Their 2021 Fellows share their experiences in the foster care system.

Finding Self-Identity in Foster Care

11/3/2021

Finding Self-Identity in Foster Care

Each foster youth has their own unique identity and in supportive, diverse environments, these young people have a better chance at success, writes Yvonne Singleton.

End Aging Out of Foster Care

10/27/2021

End Aging Out of Foster Care

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress provided a critical lifeline to youth in foster care, including a moratorium on aging out of care. These measures should be permanent, writes Alex Chivescu.

Former Foster Youth Like Me Face Eviction as Pandemic Drags On

9/22/2021

Former Foster Youth Like Me Face Eviction as Pandemic Drags On; Congressional Champions Introduce Life-Saving Extensions

As the pandemic drags on, young people from foster care are continuing to struggle, and the federal relief provided for older youth from foster care will soon expire.

How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars

9/17/2021

California Bill Limiting Youth Probation Will Be Considered Next Year

California's AB 503, known as The End Endless Probation Act, would put limits on youth probation. It was filed inactive this legislative session but will be considered next year.