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Spotlight on Youth


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Spotlight on Youth is a radio show focusing on social and legal trends impacting the rights and well-being of youth across the country. Spotlight on Youth is hosted by the Children's Law Center, Inc., a not-for-profit legal services organization dedicated to children's rights issues. Located in Kentucky, Children Law Center represents children in a variety of matters, participates in research and innovative community-based initiatives, and engages in larger reform work that affects practice and policy on regional and national levels

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In January 2015, the report, Realigning Juvenile Corrections in Ohio to Reinvest in What Works was released documenting the changes that have occurred at the state-level in Ohio's juvenile justice system. Ohio has been highlighted... more

Many people are unaware that teens and preteens can be brought from detention and correctional facilities to juvenile court in leg irons, belly chains and handcuffs, often even before a youth is charged with any wrongdoing. The practice of... more

After spending time in a correctional facility, youth are often released without family, system, or community support. For a myriad of reasons, these youth face high rates of unemployment and education failure, have limited viable housing... more

Youth violence is a public health issue impacting individual youth as well as entire communities. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for young people in our country. In response, some communities are working to reduce the incidents of... more

Quick Take Ohio: Celebrating 25 Years of Legal Services Dedicated to Helping Children Kim Brooks Tandy, Executive Director of the Children's Law Center, Inc. (CLC) and Michael Whiteman, CLC Board President, highlight the evolution of... more

Youth face many challenges when they return to their communities after experiencing an out-of-home placement due to juvenile justice system contact. While Ohio's juvenile justice system has changed dramatically during the past... more

Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justic System A few years ago, Spotlight on Youth highlighted Ohio's Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative. BHJJ was developed to meet the... more

On May 21, 2014, the State of Ohio reached a settlement that resolves similar allegations under two separate lawsuits; one stemming from ongoing issues that remained under a prior settlement reached in S.H. v. Stickrath (2008) and the... more

Real Voices, Real Stories, and Real Education: Boosting Youth Leadership and Engagement Scenarios USA is a national nonprofit that has been at the forefront of assisting youth in telling their own narratives in addressing harmful social... more

Research shows that children of incarcerated parents not only suffer the relational loss of a parent, but experience economic and social challenges that result from incarceration. During the past two decades, the number of children with an... more