Foster Care

‘Who Will Police Us from The Police?’

As a black former foster youth who spent most of my youth in Los Angeles, I have seen how police brutality and racism is a constant struggle in black people’s lives. Far too often, I […]

News

Anti-Poverty Grants Fund Platforms for Youth Voices

Advocates for the poor have long argued that most Americans’ assumptions about people who live in poverty are mostly wrong. If only, they say, Americans could see the world from the point of view of […]

Coronavirus

Looking Forward to a Hug and a High-Five

During this pandemic of the coronavirus, I have been severely affected in multiple ways, mentally, emotionally and academically. During this time, it is difficult to be away from everyone and everything I know. This year […]

Foster Care

2019 Brian Donovan Journalism Fellow Reflects on Opportunity to Hone Reporting Skills and Develop Professional Network

I became dedicated to pursuing journalism as a way to advocate for society’s most vulnerable citizens and bring more public scrutiny to the government’s role in their lives. As a former foster youth, I am […]

Justice

This Election Day, a Victim’s Rights Amendment Could Impact Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System

Tuesday’s election offers us many opportunities to make change — from candidates to resolutions. One of most importance to me personally and professionally is Pennsylvania’s ballot referendum on Marsy’s Law, a proposed Constitutional amendment that […]

Foster Care

The Recipe for Home

This essay was submitted as part of our 2019 Youth Voice Writing Contest, which asked current and former foster youth the question “What does home mean to you?”  Any normal child would define home simply […]

Featured

For Youth in Lock-Up, Family Connection is Key

I was locked up for a year, just after I turned 17. I was at three juvenile halls for about six months and then at a juvenile camp for about five months. I was sentenced […]