Everyone knows that children are our future, and the city of Boston put their money where their mouth is. Boston recently held the “Youth Lead the Change” project, with help from the Participatory Budgeting Project. This was the first youth-led participatory budgeting process in a U.S. city which empowered young people, ages 12 to 25, to decide where 1 million dollars of public capital should go to best improve their communities. 
Participating youth were able to vote in four categories for projects that would better their communityvia text and voting stations. Projects had to be for brick and mortar …read more
homeless (Photo credit: Bagunçêiro)
Across the nation, The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single young adults (up to age 24) experience a homelessness episode longer than one week – and while it’s difficult to track homeless youth, it is estimated that 380,000 are under 18 years old. Here at home, the number of Baltimore City Public School students identified as homeless doubled between 2008 – 2013; with 2,716 homeless students identified in the 2012-13 school year.
Children are considered homeless when they lack a fixed, regular and adequate night-time place of residence including:
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There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. That equals an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week.
Courtesy of the Washington Post. This map is of the cities where the 74 shootings place. Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013.
Those numbers are unbearable to write. How is it possible that we’ve watch this unfold weekly and nothing has changed. Perhaps you’ve seen on Facebook the bullet proof backpack or blanket you can buy your child. That’s right, to be a good parent you might have to buy …read more
Jamaica has had a 40% drop in its murder rate from 2009 to 2013. There are many events that may have attributed to this drop: a major drug lord arrest; an emphasis on community police, violence reduction and combating corruption; and replacing leaded gasoline with unleaded. Wait, unleaded gasoline? That’s right. From 1990-2000, Jamaica started to phase out leaded gasoline, which leads some to believe that the beneficial impact of youth with lower levels of lead poisoning is just beginning.
Leaded gas which has been banned in the US since 1995, one of TIME’s 50 worst inventions, has been linked …read more