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William T. Grant Foundation;
This is one of a series of five papers outlining the particular domains and dimensions of inequality where new research may yield a better understanding of responses to this growing issue.
Mental health is recognized as a central determinant of individual well-being, family relationships, and engagement in society, yet there are considerable variations in mental health and mental health care according to race and ethnicity among youth in the U.S.
In their report, Margarita Alegría and colleagues investigate disparities in mental health and mental health services for minority youth. Taking a developmental perspective, the authors explore four areas that may give rise to inequalities in mental health outcomes, highlight specific protective factors and barriers to care, and, finally, outline an agenda for future research.
Annie E. Casey Foundation;
In its 2011 report, "No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration," the Annie E. Casey Foundation demonstrated that America's heavy reliance on juvenile incarceration is a failed strategy for addressing youth crime. Specifically, "No Place for Kids" showed that heavy reliance on correctional confinement exposes incarcerated youth to widespread maltreatment; results in alarming levels of recidivism; incarcerates children who do not pose significant threats to public safety; ignores the emergence of treatment models that produce better outcomes; wastes money with costs that often exceed $100,000 per young person per year; and fails to provide adequate mental health, educational, substance abuse and other services.
This report focuses on the first of these challenges, the widespread and persistent maltreatment of youth confined in America's juvenile corrections facilities. These facilities often go by euphemistic labels such as training school, reformatory, correctional center, etc., but are in essence youth prisons.
Pew Hispanic Center;
Analyzes data on the number, age distribution, fertility, and family structure of legal and unauthorized immigrants and the percentage of their children among all U.S. children and of the U.S.-born and foreign-born among their children.
Public Welfare Foundation;
Describes how foundations helped transform the district's juvenile justice system, replacing a large prison with a smaller facility designed for rehabilitation and development, and reduced recidivism using community-based alternatives. Outlines lessons.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
Highlights findings about participation in the USDA initiative. Compares the availability of fresh fruit, whole grains, salads, and low-fat milk, as well as salty snacks, baked goods, and ice cream by year and in participant and non-participant schools.
Ranks state child health systems on thirteen measurements of five dimensions: access, quality, costs, equity, and potential to lead healthy lives. Highlights variations, regional patterns, and correlations between indicators and with demographic factors.
This paper reviews which young adults are most likely to have major problems connecting with the labor force and proposes a series of programs and policies to respond to this population's needs. Specifically, the author asks: How do we define the youth employment problem? What is the history of policy efforts responding to the problem, and how successful have these efforts been? What do history and experience suggest as the most appropriate and feasible policies to pursue?
Working Poor Families Project;
Highlights 2007-10 trends in the number and percentage of working families with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line by state and race/ethnicity, as well as the number of children affected. Examines income inequality by quintile and implications.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
Summarizes findings from a June 2006 survey on Americans' views on government support for legal immigrant children and foster children, issues of community violence, and long-term care services, costs, and long-term care insurance.
Los Angeles County Children's Planning Council;
Based on focus groups with youth and youth workers, identifies best practices and opportunities to engage youth in community-building. Includes recommendations to improve social services and prevention, support and development, and participation.
Americans for the Arts;
This pamphlet explores how an increasing number of communities are realizing that art programs for at-risk youth offer an effective and more affordable alternative to detention and police-centered crime prevention.
Performing Arts Workshop;
Over the course of three years, Performing Arts Workshop and evaluators measured five goals of the Workshop's Artists-in-Schools program. These goals were: to improve student critical thinking in the arts, to use the arts to positively impact academic performance, to identify problems in teaching at-risk youth, to use the arts to develop pro-social behavior, and to institutionalize arts and arts education in school settings to increase sustainability. The ability of the Artists-in-Schools program to meet these goals is examined through a quasi-experimental, mixed-method research design in the following reports.