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The Play’s the Thing: Disadvantaged Kids find their Onstage Voices

Recent article gives the details of the Manhattan-based Possibility Project (TPP), which uses theater to help disadvantaged teens confront their most pressing real world issues in hopes of transforming lives for the better. Through TPP, teenagers are given the opportunity to explore different behaviors and confront situations that differ from their own. Through their roles, individuals are able to deal with the negative forces and emotions in their lives.

The Impact of Gun Violence on Children, Families, & Communities

Recent article on the impact of gun violence in the lives of children, families, and their communities. The authors highlight the need to focus the conversation on the victims of gun violence rather than focusing on keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill individuals. conclusion, the article suggests the ways in which exposure to gun violence might be prevented: in collaborative effort.

CWLA’s Advocacy Tips

The Child Welfare League of America's public policy division works with its member agencies, state and Congressional leaders, and the Administration to monitor public and private sector policies and promote action that will benefit vulnerable children and youths, their families, and their communities. Consumers, advocates, and legislators must all become informed and take action on

What Early Education Can Teach Child Welfare

Featured Article: Lessons about starting services early, parenting with parents, finding skilled workers, and measuring outcomes Published in January/February, 2010 by Meghan Williams The early education and child welfare systems have much in common: an ongoing challenge of reconciling a national commitment but local implementation; an uphill battle to define and then implement best practices; an underpaid workforce that

Reducing Restraint and Seclusion

Featured Article: How to implement organizational change Published in March/April, 2010 by Beth Caldwell and Janice LeBel Solomon, a sensitive 16-year-old, nervously held the microphone and began to offer his advice in a low voice and somber tone. Speaking to fellow residential peers who have experienced restraint and seclusion, Solomon shared his strategy for managing in the

Q&A with Jimmy Wayne

Featured Article:Foster child turned country music star walks across America to raise awareness for Homeless Youth Published in May/June, 2010 by Emily Shenk Jimmy Wayne, a 37-year-old rising country music star, didn't always have a spotlight shining over him. His dark childhood was marked with abuse, abandonment, and instability. With his mother in and out of prison, he bounced

Babies Behind Bars

Featured Article: Nurseries for incarcerated mothers and their children he Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia, has been glamorized by the famous: Tokyo Rose, Billie Holiday, Squeaky Fromme, and recently, Martha Stewart. But to me, Alderson is no more than my first home; it's my birthplace. My mother, a heroin addict and single at the

Empowering Older Youth

Featured Article: Advocacy groups help youth turn their experiences into expertise Published in September/October, 2010 by Erin Borg he facts are these: more than 25,000 children age out of the foster care system each year. Of these, 25% don't have a high school diploma or GED. Almost 30% will be incarcerated. And more than half will experience homelessness. In

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