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Youth Diversion Funding Available in 2019 ›
In 2019, the State of California will make available more than $40 million for youth diversion, through the NCYL-sponsored Youth Reinvestment Grant and Fostering Success Funds. These funds will support community-based, culturally rooted, trauma-informed services for youth in California as alternatives to arrest and incarceration. Members of the NCYL team are working to ensure a diverse group of applicants is informed about the funds and are prepared to apply.

Thousands of California youth are arrested every year for low-level offenses. Youth who are arrested or incarcerated for low-level offenses are less likely to graduate high school, more likely to suffer negative health-outcomes, and more likely to have later contact with the justice system. Evidence has repeatedly shown that providing community-based services instead of arresting and incarcerating youth improves outcomes for youth and increases public safety. Read more…

Conference: What’s Sex Got to Do With It? ›
Join the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (LA RHEP) during its first annual conference, What’s Sex Got to Do With It? Healthy Sexual Development to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care.

Reproductive health intersects in very complex ways across the lives of young people in the foster care system, who are disproportionately impacted by inequitable reproductive health outcomes and experiences, including high rates of unintended pregnancy and STI’s, obstruction of access to care, lack of access to sexual health education, and shame-based stereotypes about their reproductive realities. This one-day conference on December 18 seeks to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders who want to learn what it will take to support the voice, choice, and agency of youth in foster care to make their own informed decisions about their bodies and lives as a key strategy to supporting their educational, employment, housing, and overall wellness goals.


LA RHEP is an innovative public-private partnership that lives at the intersection of reproductive health and equity, child welfare, local and state policy coordination, and youth leadership. Learn more here.

Google & 49ers Announce $2.35 Million Grant for Youth Justice Reform›
On November 26th, Google and the San Francisco 49ers announced a $2.35 million grant in support of NCYL’s Santa Clara Youth Justice Initiative, a collective impact project with the goal of ensuring that all youth who come into conflict with the law have the opportunity to become healthy and productive adults.

Google and the 49ers unveiled their support of the Santa Clara Youth Justice Initiative during a launch event at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The program featured remarks from a robust list of speakers including 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, California Youth Justice Initiative Director Frankie Guzman, and youth speaker Yohvany Resendiz. The night concluded with a tour of Levi’s Stadium for 43 local youth.