Entries by Caitlin K

CIRCLE and OYUnited: Improving Voter Access through Research-Fueled Action

Cross-posted with permission from CIRCLE. Original post here. by Adam Strong Lessons from our initiative helping young leaders connect with election administrators to broaden youth voting. Our ongoing partnership with Opportunity Youth United (OYUnited), a movement of current and former opportunity youth, has shown that there are many levers to increase young people’s access to voting. Many of […]

Is it Time for a Youth Opportunity Guarantee?

By Adam Strong and Shawnice Jackson Should our nation have an “opportunity guarantee” of education, training, and employment for all young adults?  How can we as a nation truly achieve equity without a framework — and what could this framework look like? What do young adults need to be successful in high school and beyond?  […]

Think Make Live Hosts 4th Annual Civic Engagement Forum

It’s important to actively confront an American culture that continues to disproportionately and systemically punish black and brown people across the country – from incarceration to portrayal in the media, and treatment at school. At last month’s 4th Annual Civic Engagement Forum on Ending The School To Prison Pipeline, hosted by Think Make Live Youth […]

Opportunity Youth Need Support to Be Next Youth Workers, Advocates

By Kisha Bird This column was written for Youth Today, the national news source for youth-service professionals, including child welfare and juvenile justice, youth development and out-of-school-time programming. “Here I was figuring out how to connect to resources. I was helping opportunity youth but didn’t do that for myself. I’m on a national stage and at […]

Members of the Reconnecting Youth Campaign Meet with Senators to Urge Investment in Pathways to Opportunity

By Maharddhika In its second year, the Reconnecting Youth Campaign has set a bold goal: build on the success of its inaugural year, which saw a $195 million increase in Congressional funds to programs that provide pathways to school, work and job training for Opportunity Youth. This year’s goal is to secure enough federal funding […]

How I Carried on My Grandfather’s Legacy by Meeting with Rep. John Lewis

By Shanice Turner Staffers entered the office buzzing and brimming with anticipation. The seating area was filled with people awaiting their meetings with Congressman John Lewis (D), the representative for the 5th Congressional District in Atlanta, Georgia, who’s known for being one of the most famous and courageous people within the Civil Rights Movement. Daniel […]