youth at risk


Polls start opening in under 12 hours but felony convictions disenfranchise more than 5 million people, including 7% of the African-American community. A major contributor to the problem is the school-to-prison pipeline: A system of flawed policies that send at-risk youth—especially people of color—directly into the criminal justice system.

Mic’s The Movement (@the-movemnt​) did an Issue Time on the subject. It’s well worth your time, and it’ll give you plenty to chew on when you ✧・゚*go and vote tomorrow*・゚✧

Art by Tumblr Creatr @jxiaoo


Hey guys,

Today’s show is in Chicago, Illinois which is home to both the first openly-LGBTQ advocacy group in the United States and to Boystown, the first officially recognized gay village in the U.S. Boystown is now known for its nightlife and colorful atmosphere.

In Chicago we’ll be working with Project Fierce, an incredible organization that aims to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing accessible housing and support services.
At a time when LGBTQ youth are at greater risk for depression, bullying, and violence, than their peers, organizations like Project Fierce are a necessary resource for teens that don’t feel safe. About 40% of homeless American teens identify as LGBTQ and Project Fierce can provide them with a safe and comfortable environment.

Want a ticket upgrade? We’re taking donations of basic necessities that are often taken for granted. We are asking that you bring a new stick of deodorant to donate at the show. Bring at least one to be entered in a raffle for a ticket upgrade.

Love Troye x

After the van got broken into and ransacked for a second time, it wasn’t something that would get me down. I’ve learned that any experience is an opportunity for growth, for change. I decided to give profits from this week’s print sales ( to a charity.

I’ve never researched charities as much as I have this past week. I feel like I’ve only brushed the surface of this world of giving.

Websites like GiveWell and movements like effective altruism help define the many variables in putting your dollars and energy to best use (I recommend giving Peter Singer’s TED talk a watch). Charity, more broadly, is something I think can happen in more ways than giving money or time. It could simply be our outlook or our kindness towards strangers.

We’ll be donating to Take a Hike Foundation (@takeahikefdn), a local organization. “A full-time alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement.” Having spoken with them, their mandate matches up so well with my hopes of giving positive and nurturing experiences to at-risk youth locally. They currently run 4 classes a year and are looking at expanding. I’m looking forward to working with them, and hoping for the possibility of getting involved personally.

There are so many amazing charities you shared with me, @pureedgeinc, @thekitchenincmo, @_danslarue, @friendsofkohrong, @directionsfoodprogram, Sparkes of Hope, and so many more. It’s refreshing to learn how many people are working for fairness, for equality, for justice. Your selflessness and altruism inspire me. Despite overbearingly bad decisions by some of our leaders, there’s always hope in the power of numbers.

feminismandmedia  asked:

What exactly is the school to prison pipeline? What studies have proven the practices within this to be true?

The school-to-prison pipeline is the process by which some youth are at an elevated risk of contact with the criminal justice system due to the growing alliance between our systems of education and criminal justice. Beginning in the late 1990s, many urban school districts began to implement and enforce disciplinary policies, using a “zero tolerance” approach, that would use severe penalties, usually suspension and expulsion, for even minor violations of a school’s code of conduct. Around the same time, public school systems began incorporating a “universal carceral apparatus” into the schools by using metal detectors, surveillance cameras (e.g., in Chicago Public Schools video feeds go directly to the Chicago Police Department), embedded police officers with arrest authority, etc. to provide “safety and security.” However, it has become clear that strict zero-tolerance policies and a highly visible police presence do not contribute to learning environments, and many of these penalties are disproportionately punishing our most marginalized youth. As I argue in my book, Unequal City, not only are these contacts with police in the institutional setting of a school shaping young people’s perceptions about police and the legitimacy of the criminal justice system, they are also shaping their life trajectories. For some youth, particularly those who are the bottom of America’s racial/social strata, the contacts with police in school are simply the beginning of what are likely to be repeated contacts with the state and its representatives at deeper and deeper levels of severity.

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the specific practices of punishing students, particularly young people of color, in ways that put them in direct contact with jails and prisons. These practices include the overuse of suspensions and the inclusion of police officers in school, who can arrest students for school-based infractions.

Several reports have established the existence of the school-to-prison pipeline, including this report that analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education and found that the pipeline starts as early as preschool.

One great resource if the ACLU’s guide on how it works. Similar resources include this Justice Policy report and UCLA’s Civil Rights Project. Here’s another one from the Advancement Project with helpful visuals.

The school to prison pipeline is a set of policies and practices in schools that push kids out of the education system and into the criminal justice system. It includes excessive use of detention and expulsion, and has law enforcement address student misbehavior that when I was growing up would have been handled by teachers and parents.

By bringing students into the criminal justice system, we also see the mirror effect of the criminal justice system coming into schools, which more and more resemble prisons rather than places of learning, with metal detectors, heavy surveillance, and other tools that make students feel like they are constantly being punished. The Sentencing Project and others have looked at the detrimental effects of these policies.

The “school to prison pipeline” refers collectively to practices that push students out of the education system and into the criminal justice system. Punitive practices like suspension, removal to an alternative school, and arrest are applied, too often for minor infractions like “disruption” or “defiance.”  When students experience these consequences, they miss out on educational time and it can be hard to catch up. Experiencing punitive discipline can also make students feel less attached to their school, a critical factor in school success and graduation. Often, punitive discipline takes the place of positive supports as a very short-term solution to behaviors that may result from a disability or from other physical or psychological stresses in a young person’s life. This can end up exacerbating challenging behaviors. Rather than working to keep young people educationally engaged, the school to prison pipeline pushes them out. It’s not very surprising then, that students who experience exclusionary discipline like suspensions are less likely to complete school and more likely to have future contact with the juvenile and criminal justice system. Sometimes, the criminal justice system end of the pipeline actually reaches into schools.  For example, some schools have police officers regularly patrolling the halls, and breaking a school rule can become a criminal violation.

Students of color and students with disabilities are more likely to be harmed by the school to prison pipeline.  There is a large body of research demonstrating disparities in school discipline.  The most recent data collection from the U.S. Department of Education found that, across the U.S., Black students were 3.8 times more likely to receive a suspension than were white students.  This included Black girls, who were 8% of students, but 14% of suspensions. American Indian or Alaska Native, Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and multiracial boys were also disproportionately suspended. Students with disabilities were more than twice as likely to be suspended.  One factor that contributes to the school to prison pipeline is implicit bias.  For example, one study found that Black students were more likely to be disciplined for less serious and subjective offenses (categories like “disrespect,” which depend upon personal perception) and that fewer disparities existed in categories of more serious and objectively defined offenses (something like alcohol possession).

like gaara saying “i’ll kill you all” in front of Gai-sensei…… why do none of the adults who witness this shit report these kids to like… guidance counselors? mentorship programs for at-risk youth? he’s a twelve year old who tried to kill three other kids. like?? why is the ninja society so terrible at raising kids?? like there’s so many weird murderous children.

Does anyone live near Santa Clarita, CA that wants a new friend to live with them?!

I’m looking at The Gentle Barn which is a rescue place for animals but they also bring in children that are at-risk youth and special-needs (what I’m going to school for) and want to internship there so bad if they allow that.

Also this gave me a vision to open up something like this of my own one day.

the firewatcher’s daughter (1/7)

pairings: bellamy x clarke; raven x wells
wordcount: 10k
summary: “New research has surfaced regarding the movement to wean citizens off of the dangerous, addictive practices, popularly known as sorcery.” The broadcast crackled in the distance, the station cutting in and out. “–developed particularly for at risk youths. Parents are asked to brief at risk children on the dangers and then send them to the treatment facilities, where they will be cared for until they are deemed healthy and safe enough to return home.”
Magic has been outlawed. Raven’s been recruit for an underground sorcerer’s rebellion. Bellamy’s hiding in plain sight. And Wells just wants to find Clarke again.


The room was cold around her. It was always cold around her. The air in it feeling too small, too compressed, pushing into her if she moved.

So she stayed still.

Sitting perched on the hard mattress, one sheet tucked in on three sides around it, waiting for her to slip in underneath at the end of every day as the bright white of the walls faded into the grey and then the black of the night, given off by a lamp with a dimmer someone else controlled so that maybe, one day, she’d forget there were no windows in the room.

She let her feet lay flat on the cold, grey floor. White and grey. White and grey. That was all she saw.

Until, of course, the moments it wasn’t.

The moments she would glance over at the small, cubed TV, one scrounged up from some basement somewhere, too old and out of date, too useless to use on anyone worth anything. Sat in front of the only other piece of furniture in the room, a small metal chair, Clarke felt a jolt run through her veins any time she so much as glanced over at the old TV.

She’d hear footsteps pound from the end of the hallway, knew exactly how many it took to get to her room. As soon as she heard the sliding door at the end of the hallway she knew. Forty seven steps until she heard the lock on her door click. Then six and half steps from the door to her bed where they would pull her up, yanking her up by the bicep, knowing she’d go limp instead of fight back. Three steps from the bed to the chair.

They’d ask her name. She’d answer without looking them in the eye.

She didn’t at first. Small and stupid, she thought that her name was something they couldn’t take away from her. Something that would mean something when she got out. But she knew now. They could take anything from her. She’d never get out.

“Clarke Griffin.”

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Same-sex marriage legalisation cut US teenage suicide rates

New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Legalising same-sex marriage at state level in the US reduced an estimated 134,000 suicide attempts per year in high school students as well as among gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents, suggesting that social policies can affect behaviour, researchers claim.

The findings, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, showed that 29 per cent of gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students reported attempting suicide in the previous year as compared to six per cent of heterosexual teenagers.

“These are high school students so they aren’t getting married any time soon, for the most part. Still, permitting same-sex marriage reduces structural stigma associated with sexual orientation,” said lead author Julia Raifman, postdoctoral student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, US.

“There may be something about having equal rights – even if they have no immediate plans to take advantage of them – that makes students feel less stigmatised and more hopeful for the future,” Raifman added.

For the study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the team compared data from 1999 through 2015 – including almost 763,000 adolescents in 32 US states that passed laws allowing same-sex marriage and 15 states which did not implement the laws, before the Supreme Court made it legal nationwide.

The results showed a 7 per cent reduction in suicide attempts among high school students in the 32 states that legalised same-sex marriage.

Further, there was a 14 per cent decline among gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents.

On the other hand, the states that did not implement same-sex marriage saw no reduction in suicide attempts among high school students.

“It’s not easy to be an adolescent, and for adolescents who are just realising they are sexual minorities, it can be even harder – that’s what the data on disparities affecting gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents tell us,” Raifman said.