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This Children and Youth Funding Update offers a brief examination of the growth and distribution of foundation funding to improve the lives of children and youth from the mid-1990s through the beginning years of the new millennium. Between 1996 and 2001 U.S. grantmaking foundations directed an estimated $4.46 billion specifically to benefit children and youth in 2001, more than double the $2.09 billion reported for 1996. Growth in support for children and youth exceeded overall gains in giving in the last five years (113.0 percent vs. 109.3 percent). Adjusted for inflation, giving for children and youth rose by close to nine-tenths since 1996 -- up 87.7 percent or 13.4 percent per year. A strong economy, a booming stock market, and record levels of foundation creation contributed to dramatic growth in foundation giving overall between 1996 and 2000. Despite the stock market decline in late 2000, the onset of a recession in early 2001, and the 9/11 attacks, support for children and youth continued to grow through 2001. While grantmakers steadily increased the share of giving they provided to serve children and youth throughout the 1990s, funding by a few new and newly large foundations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (WA), David and Lucile Packard Foundation (CA), California Endowment (CA), and Ford Foundation (NY) helped to further boost giving in the first two years of the new century.
Summarizes a study of changes in the well-being of children and youth who moved from distressed public housing to lower-poverty areas, including safety, health, and behavior, by age and gender. Makes recommendations for relocation and support services.
National Coalition for the Homeless;
This fact sheet examines the barriers to public education faced by homeless children and youth, the progress states have made in removing those barriers, and current policy issues.
Campaign for Youth Justice;
Examines the justice system's treatment of Hispanic/Latino youth, including the large number held in adult jails and prisons, and makes policy recommendations for reforms. Discusses promising practices in community-based alternatives to incarceration.
Shares insights from a discussion on integrating evidence-based out-of-school time programs into community initiatives to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children. Outlines issues and the need for adaptable, data-driven programs with defined outcomes.
Healthcare Georgia Foundation;
Contains mission statement, board chair and president's message, 2005 highlights, program information, grants list and summary, financial statements, grant guidelines, lists of board members and staff, and tips for increasing children's physical activity.
William Penn Foundation;
Provides a bibliography of reports demonstrating the positive effects of arts education on children and youth. Includes hyperlinks and abstracts.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless;
CCH estimates that, over the course of a year, more than 25,000 youth in Illinois experience homelessness. Homeless youth are between the ages of 14 and 21 who have left home because of serious family problems, are not in a safe and stable living situation, and cannot be reunited with their families.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition;
Youth employment is the norm in American society. Approximately 80% of youth report holding jobs during their high school years (National Research Council, 1998). Entry into the labor market often begins early, with about half of youth ages 12 and 13 reporting that they work (Rothstein & Herz, 2000). Although statistics are gathered regularly about youth employment in the general population, comparatively little was known about employment patterns of youth with disabilities until the National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) collected data from 1987 to 1990 (see footnote 1). The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) (see footnote 2) began updating and expanding data on youth with disabilities in 2001, including information on employment. Information reported here comes from telephone interviews and a mail survey conducted in 2001 with parents and guardians of youth with disabilities, and from comparisons made with 1987 NLTS employment data. Findings from NLTS2 are generalizable to youth with disabilities nationally who were 13 to 16 years old in December of 2000, and to each of 12 federal disability categories and to each age group (e.g., all 13-year-old students with disabilities, all 14-year-old students with disabilities, etc.). According to parents' reports, almost 60% of youth with disabilities are employed during a 1-year period -- some at work-study jobs, but the vast majority at non-school-related jobs.
Annie E. Casey Foundation;
This report shares facts and statistics about children from immigrant families living in North Carolina. It aims to educate the public and engage policymakers in meaningful conversations about eliminating the barriers that these children and their families face.
National Center for Children in Poverty;
Provides an overview of public funding sources and policies for mental health and substance abuse services for children and youth, those at risk, and their families. Calls for policy changes to raise the capacity and quality of community-based services.