The National Academies’ report, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth examines the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development, health, well-being, resilience, and agency including the science of positive youth development. Adolescents defined as young people between the ages of 10 to 25, make up nearly one-fourth of the U.S. population.

The report highlighted knowledge that can be applied to institutions and systems so that adolescent well-being, resilience, and development are promoted and that systems address structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity and access. For the child welfare system, the last two decades have made advances but more is needed to ensure that all adolescents have the opportunity to flourish. To learn more about the report, click here.

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John Sciamanna is CWLA's Vice President of Public Policy.

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