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Inequality Matters - Kate Bell provides analysis of new research that shows it’s not just poverty that affects children’s outcomes—it’s inequality, too. Learn more here. [Source: CSRL-news]

Engaging Youth in Community Change - Youth programs and organizations have developed a variety of approaches for including young people in decision-making processes that affect them, their peers, and their communities. Despite these efforts, little is known about these approaches. The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded the Finance Project to produce a report on the state of knowledge on financing and sustaining youth engagement programs.  Read the report here. [Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation]

Bandwidth for Belonging - The Bandwidth for Belonging (B4B) project came from a vision by Plan Institute and TakingITGlobal to promote a sense of belonging among youth with disabilities through the use of technology. Run from October 2007 to January 2008, there were 20 participants from Richmond, British Columbia, St. Catherine's, Ontario, Hanoi, Vietnam and London, England. Learn more here. [Source: TakingITGlobal]

Children Naturally Prone Empathy - Children between the ages of seven and 12 appear to be naturally inclined to feel empathy for others in pain, according to researchers who used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans to study responses in children. Learn more here. [Source: HandsNet WebClipper]

United Way Calls for Provincial Youth Strategy - The United Way of Toronto is calling for an Ontario Youth Outcomes Strategy involving all orders of government, community and private sectors, and youth and their families - for building long-term change that will improve opportunities for all young men and women . Learn more here and access reports on youth in Toronto here. [Source: United Way Toronto]

Can You Hear Me? - This report from the Bernard van Leer Foundation considers the right of young children to participate in decisions affecting them and how participation can be put into practice and measured.  Download the full report here. [Source: CSRL-news]

What's Right for Some - The Convention on the Rights of the Child came into international effect 18 years ago. In 2007, the first generation of children born with these universal rights leave their childhoods officially behind them. Has the well-being of this “first rights generation” improved?  UNICEF Canada took the temperature of this generation and found that, while there has been some progress for some children in some places, in some aspects, we've stalled or even regressed the health, development and protection of too many children. Download the full report here. [Source: UNICEF Canada, CSRL-News]

Indifferent or Just Different? - This report reviews the literature addressing youth political and civic engagement in Canada, synthesizes the state of existing knowledge and identifies research gaps and priorities. It also includes policy recommendations for increasing youth engagement. Learn more here. [Source: CPRN]

A Group Apart: Young Party Members in Canada - In order to better understand what compels young people to get involved in politics, the authors conducted a survey of young party members on university campuses and compared them to other politically engaged students to analyze their different characteristics and motivations. Learn more here. [Source: CPRN]

Political Participation for Indigenous Youth - This paper addresses two central questions: What does political engagement mean to indigenous youth today? And, how do their attitudes and beliefs regarding political participation affect Canadian electoral processes and institutions. The paper is available here. [Source: CPRN]

18th Annual KIDS COUNT Data Book - On July 25, 2007, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 18th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. The 2007 edition examines the child welfare system and challenges the country to make lifelong connections for children and youth in foster care a national priority. Learn more here. [Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation]

Child Well-being in 5 English-speaking Countries - The US-based Foundation for Child Development has released its 2007 Child Well-Being Index, which analyzes child well-being in the United States compared to the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The report assembles 19 key international indicators of child well-being within seven domains of social life. Learn more here. [Source: Charity Village]

Child Health and Safety - CCSD, in conjunction with its partners in Mexico and the United States, has released a report in the Children in North America series. Child Health and Safety provides reliable and up-to-date data on 58 indicators of physical, mental and environmental health of children on this continent. Learn more here. [Source: CCSD Newsflash]

Addressing the Child Care Gap - This report, from the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Government of Canada’s Child Care Spaces Initiative provides recommendations for addressing the inherent lack of child care in Canada. Download the report here. [Source: CSRL Newsletter – April 15, 2007]

Low Income Youth less likely to attend university - The gap in university attendance between youth from higher- and lower-income families is largely related to differences in academic performance at age 15 and parental influences, and to a lesser degree financial constraints, according to a Statistics Canada study. Learn more here. [Source: CSRL-news]

Characteristics of Youth Activists - Concerns about declining political participation in the United States have once again raised the question of how young people get involved in politics. This project from Chapin Hall focuses on engaged youths and explores the personal trajectories, people and institutions that encouraged them to become engaged with their communities. Learn more here. [Source: HandsNet WebClipper]

The Right to be Heard - The Canadian Child Care Federation chose "the right to be heard" as its theme for National Child Day 2006. This theme focuses on the child's right to express views in various settings, such as the family, school, associations and politics, and to become an active participant in decision-making processes in these settings. Learn more here. [Source: CSRL-newsletter]

Youth Realizing their Unlimited Potential - Imagine if youth were viewed as competent community builders. With this idea in mind, former young people who had lived in foster or group homes in Nova Scotia supported the development of leadership programming for youth in care. Read this story here. [Source: The Caledon Institute of Social Policy]

Municipal Youth Cabinet’s Role in Inclusion - Kathryn Asher is the coordinator of the Saint John Youth Cabinet (SJYC). Her paper presents a snapshot of Saint John and its local youth community, including challenges faced by a high poverty rate, the looming youth exodus, and local young people’s feelings of exclusion. Inclusive Cities Canada’s work on social inclusion is explored, particularly in relation to youth civic engagement, and youth (dis)engagement. Read the paper here. [Source: ICC]

Making the Case for Culture - The Creative City Network of Canada has some great resources on how culture empowers communities, increases health and engages youth. There are great resource-based quotes which would help build any case, proposal or presentation to support cultural activities for youth. This document also speaks to 5 other areas that help build the case for culture (urban renewal, community identify and pride, quality of life, community change, and economic development). Learn more here. [Source: Creative City Network of Canada]

Family income and child well-being - The well-being of children appears to be almost always associated with the household income of their family, according to a study recently published jointly by Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the Research Data Centre program. The study found that regardless of the child's age or how household income is measured, higher income tends to be related to better physical, social/emotional, cognitive and behavioural well-being among children. Download the complete study here.

Canada's Youth Want In - Canada's newest generation of citizens - aged 18 to 25 - is by far the largest constituency demanding a role in the country's political processes. Towards an Action Plan for Canada: Our Vision, Values and Actions is the product of a three and a half day National Dialogue and Summit attended by 144 randomly chosen young Canadians from every region of the country, all walks of life and diverse cultural backgrounds. The report presents their vision for Canada, the values that inspire it and actions to make it a reality in the key areas of learning, work, health, the environment and citizenship. Learn more here. [Source: OHPE, CPRN]

Canadian youth nominated for international prize - Canadian international child-rights activist Craig Kielburger is one of three nominees for the 2006 World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child. Kielburger is the founder and head of Free the Children, a Toronto-based organization facilitating school building and education for children worldwide. For more information, click here. [Source: Charity Village]

Making the Rules - This guidebook began as a document from the Twin Cities 1989 Youth and Democracy conference and has expanded to include the ideas and themes from discussions with over 1,000 young people from across the country. "Making the Rules" has since been used by youth teams as a starting place for their own community action. Access the guidebook here. [Source: Village Vibes]

Can Youth Development Improve Juvenile Justice? - According to the Urban Institute, youth crime has declined for much of the past decade, but analysts don't expect the good news to last forever. Positive youth development is a promising new approach to making juvenile justice more effective that focuses on helping youth to gradually acquire capacities for reason, self-respect, and personal and social responsibility. Learn more here. [Source: HandsNet WebClipper]

Youth Voter DNA - In the face of declining political participation among young people, some commentators are proposing extreme measures such as raising the voting age to 21. But are young Canadians staying away from the polls because of apathy and ignorance or because they have lost faith in their leaders? D-Code has released a Youth Voter DNA Report, a 1000-person national study on politics, voting and political action. Read the report here. [Source: D-Code]

Resiliency Is Not Enough - According to the Urban Institute, the trauma and displacement of Katrina could cause lasting harm to young children, undermining their emotional security and school readiness. Poor children - especially those previously shaken by family instability or neighborhood violence - are particularly vulnerable. The children of New Orleans, already disproportionately poor and starting school deeply disadvantaged, can ill afford further damage. Read more here. [Source: HandsNet WebClipper]

A World Fit for Children - This commentary from the Caledon Institute highlights the vision of Senator Landon Pearson, retiring this fall, who has worked tirelessly over the years to create a world fit for children. It is a world that affords all children the best possible start in life and ensures that they have opportunities to develop to the best of their ability within a safe and supportive environment. Download the paper here. [Source: The Caledon Institute of Social Policy]

Kids Count - The 16th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that US national trends in child well-being are no longer improving in the rapid and sustained way they did in the late 1990s. Among the negative trends: the number of children who live with parents facing persistent unemployment grew to 4 million, an increase of more than 1 million since 2000. This year's essay, "Helping Our Most Vulnerable Families Overcome Barriers to Work and Achieve Financial Success," examines four employment barriers that policymakers and others consider among the most difficult to overcome: substance abuse, domestic violence, a history of incarceration, and depression. These burdens can diminish a person’s motivation and ability to find work. The state-by-state data contained in the 2005 Data Book are now part of an interactive database. Access the database and read the reports here.

The Young and the Generous - Teenagers are increasingly founding and leading charities of their own -- and many in philanthropy hope that those efforts will translate into a lifelong devotion to good works. Laura E. Lockwood was 12 when she founded a charity to help Florida's manatees; today, she participates in AmeriCorps, the federal service program. Read more here. [Source: CharityNews-USA]

Lifelong Impact of Youth Service - A new report from Independent Sector and Youth Service America illustrates the strong impact of youth service on the giving and volunteering habits of adults. Engaging Youth in Lifelong Service reports that adults who engaged in volunteering in their youth give more money and volunteer more time than adults who began their philanthropy later in life. The report reveals that the community service ethic instilled in youth influences the giving and volunteering patterns of adults across every age group and income. This involvement creates a strong pattern of civic engagement that persists into adulthood. Access the report here. [Source: WebClipper]

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