LGBT advocacy organizations and, as a result, the media, regularly convey issues facing LGBT youth through individual stories. In actuality, LGBT youth face social stigma far beyond their school environments and police harassment.
Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.
Illinois is one of 10 states where 17-year-olds are automatically sent to adult lockup, court and, in many cases, prison on felony crimes. Chicago police have arrested more 17-year-olds than their counterparts in any other big city in the country.
Our nation's youth, especially in California, need our voices, our advocacy, and our efforts. Let's find ways to invest and believe in our youth, and champion alternatives for reform of the juvenile justice system.
The time has come for juvenile direct file reform in Colorado. Brain research has come a long way since 1993, and we are so close to using this evidence and research to guide our juvenile justice system.
House Bill 1271 improves the system of selecting youth for adult prosecution by providing youth due process; the right to a hearing and judicial review over the decision to remove them from juvenile court.
Today the Supreme Court hears the cases of two young men who were sentenced to die in prison as 14-year-old children. The Court should find that young people sentenced to life without parole as children cannot be deemed beyond hope of rehabilitation. Kids can, and do, change.
When Marge introduced me, she was true to form. I winced as she laid out all her objections and doubts about the book in excruciating detail. "Oh boy, what kind of night is this going to be?" I thought.
Currently, there are about half a million children residing in foster care within the United States. There are approximately 300,000 young adults, ages 18 to 25, who have spent at least one year in foster care. This is reason for concern.
The world is pretty small when you're locked up, especially if you're a kid doing time with a healthy body that needs to move as you struggle with those nagging teenage questions, "Who am I?" "Why me?"
The time has come for us to honor our society's most fundamental obligation and to ensure the right of every child to be safe, treated with dignity, and to learn and to grow in the embrace of a family.