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October 20, 2017

Navigating the Path to a Successful Career: Next Steps for Advocates

posted by Karen U. Lindell, Staff Attorney

In August, Juvenile Law Center launched a series of blog posts based on our new report on improving access to career pathways for system-involved youth. The series highlighted several initiatives taking place in Philadelphia that could be replicated elsewhere, and it featured interviews with key local stakeholders. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the ideas and programs featured in the series.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Second Chances
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August 18, 2017

Navigating the Path to a Successful Career: New Juvenile Law Center Report Addresses Barriers for Youth in Foster Care and the Juvenile Justice System

posted by Karen U. Lindell, Staff Attorney

As summer comes to a close, many teens around the country are wrapping up one of the first steps in their “career pathway”: a summer job. These short-term positions are not just a pastime; research shows that summer employment reduces dropout rates, improves long-term employment prospects, and decreases the chance of future involvement in the criminal justice system.

In a new report funded by the Lenfest Foundation, Juvenile Law Center takes a focused look at the barriers to career pathways that system-involved youth encounter. Based on an in-depth needs assessment of the Philadelphia community, the report offers five strategies to improve access to career-focused programs and early work experiences for youth in the child welfare or juvenile justice system.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Second Chances|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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April 21, 2016

The box that stops some college applicants in their tracks

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Over 600 colleges and universities use the Common Application, which includes a check box asking applicants about any past juvenile crimes. Although research shows that most schools don’t deny admission based on this information, the vast majority of youth with records who see this check box will not complete the college application.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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February 25, 2016

Investing In "Disconnected" Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Without early work experiences, foster youth and justice-involved youth fail to develop the necessary job skills and networking experience to find family-sustaining jobs as young adults.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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December 05, 2014

Mark Wahlberg and the Long Term Consequences of Juvenile Records

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Actor and musician Mark Wahlberg recently filed an application with the Massachusetts Board of Pardons asking the state to clear an assault conviction from 1988 when he was 16 years-old. Like many others, Wahlberg’s decades-old offense is causing roadblocks in his professional and personal life. Unfortunately, many youth who enter the justice system are haunted by the poor decisions they made as teenagers.

Tags:Ban the Box|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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