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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 recent years, Kentucky has garnered national attention for detaining youth charged with status offenses at the second highest rate in the nation. In particular, Kenton County, Kentucky detains the highest number of youth for status... more

Juveniles who are released from residential placement and institutional confinement are more likely to succeed if they have access to services and structures that can help them thrive in a community environment. Lucas County,... more

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth often experience social stigma, family rejection, school bullying, and housing instability. They have higher rates of depression, homelessness, and suicide and regularly... more

The ability to prosecute youth in the adult criminal justice system or and place youth in adult jails and prisons has serious consequences for the well-being and safety of youth, families and communities. Youth treated as adults recidivate at... more

Education is a known key to success affording youth the opportunity to develop skills and competencies necessary for them to become productive adults. For a variety reasons, many youth placed in juvenile detention and correctional... more

On June 29, 2011, Ohio House Bill 86 (HB 86) was signed into law. HB 86 is focused on undoing the get-tough-on crime approach of the past two decades that has led to overpopulation in the adult and juvenile correctional facilities and... more

In December of 2010, Fayette County Public Schools finalized an agreement with counsel from the Children's Law Center and Southern Poverty Law center to address disparities in discipline practices for youth of color and youth with... more

A wide array of programs are necessary to meet the individualized treatment needs of delinquent youth and help reduce over incarceration of juveniles. Lighthouse Youth Services (LYS) is a multi- service agency operating 19... more

Schools are increasingly overwhelmed by the needs of students with behavioral disabilities and frequently become the gateway to a juvenile justice system not equipped to meet the students' needs. This show will explore how the education... more

A majority of delinquent children have a history of trauma. Children and adolescents who come into the court system frequently have experienced not only chronic abuse and neglect, but also exposure to substance abuse, domestic... more