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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Last week I was watching the 11 o’clock news – as uncommon as it may be – it’s still the way I consume what’s happening (or rather making news) in Baltimore. It was an all too frequent night with a “late breaking news” report of a double shooting. Admittedly, I held my breath – not again, not here. Inside, I was hoping that at the very least it wasn’t too close to home. That somehow an incident farther away, where drug and gang activity ran reckless, would make it “easier” to make sense of it.Nope, not so lucky. More importantly, …read more
For decades, child obesity rates have been on the rise throughout the country. At present, 12.5 million people under the age of 20 are overweight or obese.
However, this trend might finally be reversing. For the first time in 30 years, several American cities are reporting their first declines. In places like New York and Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Nebraska the number of obese school-aged children have dropped from 3 to 5.5%. The state of Mississippi has also registered a drop, but only among white students.
While these numbers may seem small at …read more
The New York City Department of Education has started offering Plan B emergency contraception to high school students in 13 of the city’s high schools. The pills will be made available, free of charge, to students through the school nurse without parental consent or notification. Parents do have the option to opt out of the emergency contraception program for their teens at the school. However, only 1-2% of parents have opted out of the program, according to the Department of Education.
The emergency contraception is being offered as a part of CATCH- Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health – which aims …read more
Youth have long been associated with laziness. Does “Get a job, hippie,” sound familiar? According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), however, kids today aren’t totally to blame for their joblessness.
A recent ILO report on youth employment states that, because of the economic crisis, the global youth unemployment rate has skyrocketed since 2007, reaching an all-time high at nearly 75 million and effectively wiping out the gains made in previous years.
The employment future for people aged 15-24 looks equally dim as the ILO estimates that the unemployment rate is expected to reach 12.7 percent by the end of …read more