energy  technology  solar  youth 

  2. From the Economic and Social Research Council:

    New research from the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at King’s College, London, examines whether the police and the youth justice system treat young people from different ethnic groups in different ways.

    Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the research shows that black and mixed-race youths are over-represented in the youth justice system. This over-representation starts at the point of entry into the system, and is largely preserved as young suspects and defendants pass through it.


    The research found that once young people had entered the youth justice system the patterns of over- and under-representation remained. However, there was also evidence of possible discrimination against ethnic minorities at some points in the system. For example:

    • Mixed race suspects were more likely to be sent to court than given a police disposal.

    • Black and mixed race defendants were more likely to be remanded in custody prior to their hearing date. 

    • Black defendants had a higher chance of being acquitted than white ones, suggesting that different standards of evidence may be applied to cases involving different groups of defendants. 

    • Mixed race teenagers were more likely than others to be given a (more serious) community sentence than a (less onerous) first tier penalty or referral order.

    These differences in the treatment of different ethnic groups could not be accounted for by the severity of the crimes or the defendant’s criminal history, indicating possible discrimination. However, taking into account the nature of the offence and the offender’s criminal history, the study did not find any evidence that different ethnic groups faced different risks of getting custodial sentences.


     youth  crime  statistics  uk 

  3. tumblngtoronto:

    From Yonge Street:

    A new City of Toronto pilot program with give enterprising young people in some of the west end’s poorest neighbourhoods access to business capital and support.

    The Youth Micro Loan pilot, announced earlier this month, will provide life skills coaching, business mentorship and loans of up to $5,000 to unemployed, out-of-school entrepreneurs aged 18 to 24 who live in the neighbourhoods of Jane and Finch, Weston-Mt. Dennis, Jamestown-Rexdale, Lawrence Heights and Westminster Branson. In addition to the capital, the youth will also qualify for support in the form of things like childcare and TTC tickets.


     Toronto  youth 

  4. It’s this fun and games attitude that has helped Scientists in School reach the success that it has. Founded in 1989 by two women on behalf of the Ajax-Pickering branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women, the programme brings scientist-presenters into classes for half-day workshops where children learn how to conduct experiments and discuss their results with the help of parent volunteers. It has grown from covering 40 classrooms in Durham to over 21,000 in-class visits a year from junior kindergarten to grade 8 throughout the GTA, Ottawa, Guelph, Niagara and more.  

    Yonge Street


     science  education  schools  students  Ontario  Ajax  youth 

  5. A few times each month, second graders at a charter school in Springfield, Mass., take time from math and reading to engage in philosophical debate. There is no mention of Hegel or Descartes, no study of syllogism or solipsism. Instead, Prof. Thomas E. Wartenberg and his undergraduate students from nearby Mount Holyoke College use classic children’s books to raise philosophical questions, which the young students then dissect with the vigor of the ancient Greeks.

    NY Times


     education  children  youth 

  6. We are young sustainable storytellers who are cool with Mother Earth.  We are a grassroots collective of youth, used to be youth, activists, filmmakers, hip hoppahs, historians, graphic artists, grease car drivers, journalists, life-long learners, media makers, off-grid survivors, photographers, poets, punx rockahs, students, videographers, visual artists, and writers… among other things! 

    We study documentary and narrative filmmaking; make our own media from posters to movies; do outreach at community events; advocate for equitable living and learning environments; travel to meet-up with our peers and share our work; get our “hands dirty” learning about renewable energy; and, analyze important social, political, economic and environmental issues which affect our lives.

    To sum it up… we give you the scoop when the youth bring the truth by defining sustainability in terms that make sense to us, our peers, and our communities.  We are Green Guerrillas Youth Media Tech Collective, and in April 2009 we embarked on a 16-month project to travel locally, regionally, and nationally to create our fourth, full-length feature film, Green Guerrillas Blockumentary v.3 HD… which will showcase stories of sustainability from under-represented communities in the current environmental movement.


     environment  green  activism  youth 

  7. secrets0ciety:

    In Israel and the Occupied Territories, four Palestinian teenagers have been killed and several more wounded in Israeli military attacks on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. On Saturday, two Palestinians, aged fifteen and seventeen, were shot dead near the West Bank city of Nablus. The Israeli military says it fired rubber bullets, but Palestinian doctors say the teens were killed by live ammunition. One of the victims was shot seven times. The killings came shortly after Palestinians held a protest against a Jewish settlement that’s been accused of trying to steal a vital Palestinian water well in the village of Iraq Burin. Another two Palestinians were shot dead the next day, also near Nablus. The Israeli military said they had tried to attack an Israeli soldier. Both victims were nineteen years old. Meanwhile in Gaza, thirteen Palestinians were wounded on Friday when Israel bombed Gaza’s abandoned international airport.


     Israel  military  Palestinians  children  youth 

  8. thisisyourgovernment:

    In most states, teenagers who send or receive sexually explicit photographs by cell phone or computer – known as “sexting” – have risked felony child pornography charges and being listed on a sex offender registry for decades to come.

    But there is growing consensus among lawyers and legislators that the child pornography laws are too blunt an instrument to deal with an adolescent cyberculture in which all kinds of sexual pictures circulate on sites like MySpace and Facebook.

    Last year, Nebraska, Utah and Vermont changed their laws to reduce penalties for teenagers who engage in such activities, and this year, according to the National Council on State Legislatures, 14 more states are considering legislation that would treat young people who engage in sexting differently from adult pornographers and sexual predators.


    “The child pornography law was about protecting children from pedophiles,” Adler said. “While sexting is bad judgment, it’s simply not what the Supreme Court had in mind when it crafted the child pornography law. It just doesn’t make sense that in a lot of the sexting situations, the pornographer and the victim are one and the same person.”

    As a practical matter, young people are rarely, if ever, jailed under the child pornography laws for the practice.

    Some of the 14 states considering legislation would make sexting a misdemeanour, while others would treat it like juvenile offences such as truancy or running away.

    Toronto Star


     children  youth  pornography  laws  US 

  9. infoneer-pulse:

    Today’s youth are generally not the self-centered, antisocial slackers that previous research has made them out to be, according to a provocative new study co-authored by a Michigan State University psychologist.

    In a scientific analysis of nearly a half-million high-school seniors spread over three decades, MSU’s Brent Donnellan and Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario argue teens today are no more egotistical - and just as happy and satisfied - as previous generations.

    “We concluded that, more often than not, kids these days are about the same as they were back in the mid-1970s,” said Donnellan, associate professor of psychology.

    » via BrainMysteries


     science  research  youth  motivation  ambition  slackers 

  10. tumblngtoronto:

    Lulu Cohen-Farnell and David Farnell must have the healthiest kids on the planet — and their mission is to spread that health to as many kids in the GTA as possible. As owners of Real Food For Real Kids (RFRK), a manufacturing and catering company that provides freshly made, nutritious, tasty lunches and snacks to daycares and elementary schools, this dynamic couple see to it that more than five thousand children eat as well as their own two kids.

    RFRK offers daycare centres lunch and two snacks — providing kids with 75% of their food needs — for only $4 per day. The elementary school program features a 20-day rotating menu for at least fifty children, served by RFRK lunch coaches.

    Yonge Street


     Toronto  youth  children  kids  health  nutrition 

  11. thedailywhat:

    Early Bird Special: Auto-Tune the News #10.

    I’m still kinda peeved at these guys for being featured guests at CPAC, but, on the other hand, I really like songs about turtle fences. Dilemma!



     youtube  CPAC  GOP  Republicans  youth 

  12. Rising obesity rates, poor diet and fitness, and the growth of ethnic groups genetically prone to developing heart disease at an earlier age have pushed the problem down to the younger age group, foundation officials said.

    And the epidemic of obesity among children identified a decade ago has now come home to roost as those kids enter adulthood.

    "The children we have been worried about over the years have now become young adults, beginning their lives with multiple risk factors for heart disease," says Dr. Beth Abramson, a top Toronto cardiologist and foundation spokesperson.

    Toronto Star


     Canada  youth  health  heart disease  nutrition 

  13. Chicago Public Schools says it does not track the overall number of teen moms in the district. But Robeson Principal Gerald Morrow knows the count at his school in Englewood: 115 young ladies who are either expecting or already have had children. […] “We’re not looking at them like ‘Ooh you made a mistake,’” [Morrow] said. “We’re looking at how we can get them to the next phase, how can we still get them thinking about graduation?” […] And coming soon, right across from Robeson, developers are turning a one-time crack house into a day care for student use. “We have to provide some type of environment for them and some form of support for them,” Van Vincent, CEO of VLV Development, said.

    1 In 7 Girls At Robeson High School Got Pregnant - cbs2chicago.com

    Damn. There’s 800 girls at the school. There’s not a single mention who is fathering these children in the article.

    via sexartandpolitics


     youth  schools  students  pregnancies