youth at risk

To my queer friends struggling with a big decision today, share your truth at the *right* time, not just because there’s a national day for it. Be smart- you’re already honest and brave.

For those who are happily out and about, today’s a good excuse for a shindig!

(Here’s a handy infographic in case you’d forgotten how to laugh ;)


I am very impressed! Bettie Anderson inspires people to achieve goals no matter what! She wanted to join Peace Corps for more than 50 years and she did it! Bettie devoted most of her life to her family and after these obligations ended, she knew where to go. Her mission will be to provide services to orphans, vulnerable children and their caregivers, at-risk youth, people living with HIV, or those affected by gender-based violence.  

Black people inspire me every day.



  “We Can Make Them Healers - A Visit With Wayde Hoapili Lee“  

“The kids actually save us, they heal us” is Wayde Leeʻs point of view about Hawai`iʻs youth at risk. Lots of people have worked with local troubled teens over the years but few have made the kind of impact Wayde Lee does every single day. It all started when he noticed that once they enter the corrective system they sink even deeper and thatʻs where Wayde steps in using Hawaiian cultural values and turns lives around. But it isnʻt just youth offenders whose lives he transforms but entire families. Donʻt miss our visit with Wayde who explains his unique philosophy & how he creates such amazing results - Watch It Here

MONDAY, December 1st At 6:30 PM – Maui – Akaku, Channel 53 

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FRIDAY, December 5th At 8:00 PM & SATURDAY, December 6th At 5:30 PM – O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53

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VIA Rail considering $5 train tickets for vulnerable peoples along Highway of Tears

VIA Rail is in talks with the Provincial Government to offer ultra affordable train tickets to vulnerable aboriginal people, youth and elders along the Highway of Tears.

The idea was floated by VIA Rail’s GM of Regional Services Michael Woelcke at a meeting of the Highway 16 Advisory Group in March, but was just recently made public with the meeting minutes.

The Highway 16 Advisory Group was made up of First Nations, municipality and ministry representatives – meeting five times between January and May 2016. The team developed details and plans for public transit service along Highway 16 which was announced in June.

The proposed plan would provide $5 service to at risk youth, elders and First Nations regardless of origin or destination along the route. The criteria for who would qualify for the $5 passes is still to be determined, as is the distribution – whether it be through the First Nations Health Authority or the communities themselves.

Separate discounted ‘Aboriginal Fares’ are also being mulled, at 33% less than regular fare.

While the June announcement of bus service for Highway 16 did not include any rail components, in a statement the Ministry said “we continue to engage with VIA and the idea of a discounted fee is still being considered, however, we are not in a position to make any commitment to fare reductions on their behalf.”

VIA Rail spokesperson Mylène Bélanger confirmed that discussions are still underway, but declined to offer any further comment.


the 100 magic au // delinquents 

“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.” (x)

anonymous asked:

Could you tell me what systematic oppression gay people face? Just cause i dont really know and i want to know b/c lots of aces claim they face systematic oppression.

gay + trans panic defense, laws forbidding same gender marriage and/or adoption, being gay is illegal/punishable by death in many countries, discrimination in the hiring and housing fields, lgbt youth is at a larger risk of poverty, violence, homelessness, exclusion from religion, gay men cant donate blood in some states, also in some states doctors can refuse to treat you if they ‘have a suspicion’ that you’re gay/trans, …
First of Its Kind Study of 'Sexual Minority' Youth Finds Them at Risk of Violence
"Sexual minority" youth -- defined as gay, lesbian and bisexual or not sure -- experience substantially higher levels of physical and sexual violence and bullying than their heterosexual peers, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By ABC News

This may be the first nationwide study, but other smaller studies have noted LGB youth risk issues before. Our youth are vulnerable, and bi+ youth still have higher rates on many risk categories. Stay tuned for more analysis as researchers hopefully sort through all the data.

For Your Reading & Viewing Pleasure

‘Chakka-Chhh’: the Hidden History of View-Master - mental_floss

How to Solve a Book Emergency -  What to Do When You Find Yourself Stuck Without Reading Material - Literary Hub

Keep Reading: Books, Magazines, and Newspapers Could Help You Live Longer - Good

Mapping Indigenous LA: Uncovering Native Geographies Through Digital Storytelling - AHA Today

National Archives at Boston Collaborates to Digitize Over 900 Popular Photos - NARAtions

Public Librarians Launch Libraries4BlackLives - Library Journal

Public Libraries and At-Risk Teens - School Library Journal

Studies in the News – a weekly compilation of policy-tested articles and reports produced by the California Research Bureau

The Hardest Things About Working in Mental Health

I’m going to do a more detailed post on this later, but this is a question I get a lot, both in-person and online. For those who don’t know me, I work as a mental health worker for homeless and at-risk youth. I hold a BA in psychology and I am working towards a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. The things I see in my workplace might be more extreme than other mental health settings, but then again, maybe they’re not. It’s a tough field to be in. 

If you’re considering a career in mental heath and all you’ve seen so far are rosy depictions in movies and television, you should know that:

- You’re going to meet a lot of people who die. People with mental health issues are more susceptible to everything from fatal traffic accidents to suicide to murder. You never get used to it.

- Compassion exhaustion is a thing. When I’ve spent all afternoon trying to console a 15-year-old homeless girl whose boyfriend beat her until she miscarried, it’s hard to come home and have empathy for a friend who’s upset over a bad haircut or a minor tiff with her boyfriend. 

- Your sense of humor changes. All of my coworkers, no matter what personality they started with, all have the same dark sense of humor after they’ve been doing this a while. It’s how you cope.

- Half of your job is just not getting sued. At least half of my day is spent filling out paperwork. I have to document every interaction I have, all day, every day. My whole work day is governed by a thousand petty regulations that hinder us from helping kids, but cover our asses from possible legal action.

- The lows are extremely low. I have seen kids succumb to addiction. I have seen kids develop psychotic disorders. I have seen good kids make one bad mistake that puts them in jail for a long, long time. Those are the kinds of lows I never experienced in any previous jobs. 

- The highs are extremely high. When you get to see a kid take charge of their life, get on the right medication, get stabilized and go off to college, it’s a kind of rewarding that I never experienced in any of my previous jobs. 

Despite all the challenges that come with my line of work, I love my job and I could never see myself doing anything else. Mental health work is the most meaningful thing I’ve ever done, and I hope that I’ll still be doing it in a long, long time. 

If you have any questions about my work, my schooling, or stories of your own to share, my inbox and asks are always open.   

uhh listen, my retirement’s gonna be like: 

high af all the time, i’m a total weed grandma and the year is 2055. i never miss a beat, i’m lightening on my feet. i have 4 rescue pitbulls and they all hate men. it’s total poundtown with my second wife, who I went to bryn mawr with but we didn’t “click” until our 30th reunion. shelley and i remain close, and we still co-own an a-frame lakehouse where we spend time with our daughters. at the local high school, i mentor at-risk youths in AP American History but I make it feminist.

Big THANK YOU to my friends at @lost_angels_childrens_project for this awesome package I received today.
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“All the children in the poorest of neighborhoods, especially those who are lonely or have been abandoned, have the right to be treated as people and as the children of God. It is our duty to go to meet them, love them, accept them and walk with them as they improve their lives.”
-Sister Vicky Beaz Díaz, founder of Animación Misionera Espiritual, an afterschool program for at-risk youth in Puerto Rico. Read her story:
A researcher explains the sad truth: we know how to stop gun violence. But we don't do it.
Every day in America, about 31 people are killed in gun homicides. It's a grisly death toll — one that no other developed nation has to deal with.
By German Lopez

The big conclusion: Cities, states, and the federal government could make significant strides in fighting crime if policing resources were primarily dedicated to the most problematic neighborhoods, blocks, and even people — the ones communities know are causing trouble but don’t get enough specific attention from the criminal justice system. And coupled with behavioral intervention programs for at-risk youth and adults, these types of policies could greatly reduce violence not just in the US but around the world.

A team of at-risk youth from Rivera Hernández before a soccer game against a team of killers — 20 sicarios, or assassins, from the Los Tercereños gang. One stocky player wearing a No. 11 jersey told me he had killed 121 people, charging $220 or more per hit. [source]