Children and Youth
Teen Birth Rates Begin to Drop After Two-Year Spike
US teen births dropped two percent in 2008, reversing a two-year upswing that had interrupted a fourteen-year decline. The biggest drops occurred among older teens, ages 18 to 19 (4%), and Latino women (5%). Read the full article in Youth Today here.
Don’t Forget the Kids! Rethinking the Immigration Debate
The ongoing debate over immigration reform takes into account everything from job availability to community demographics, but tends to overlook the5.5 million American-born children who are negatively affected by deportation laws (First Focus). Read about the impact on these kids and policy recommendations here.
Let’s Not Shoot for Fifty – Forty Years Since Last White House Conference on Children and Youth
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is marking April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month by campaigning for a White House Conference on Children and Youth, the last of which was held in 1970. Learn more about what you can do to support the campaign here.
Homeless Population Ages Along with Boomers
With homelessness projected to more than double by 2050, the population of older sheltered homeless persons will also grow, going from 43,450 to 95,000. Read the National Alliance to End Homelessness article here.
Healthier Choices on the Horizon for Millions of Americans
HHS awarded $372 million in prevention and wellness grants to forty-four communities around the nation to help create healthier choices for residents, such as increasing access to nutritious foods and safe places for physical activity, while discouraging tobacco use (HHS). Read more about the grants and grantees here.
Poverty and Community
Communities of Color Say Job Creation Can’t Wait
In response to March unemployment figures – 12.6% of Hispanics and 16.5% of Blacks were unemployed, compared to 9.7% of the labor force overall – The National Council of La Raza and other Latino civil rights organizations have outlined a series of policy recommendations urging a fast track for job creation. Read the recommendations here.
Jobs Up, but Unemployment Holds Steady
Numbers released by Bureau of Labor point to mixed results – nearly 400,000 workers entered or re-entered the labor market in March, 48,000 of whom work on the Census, but unemployment remained unchanged at 9.7% (EPI). See the other unemployment statistics here.
America's Nonprofits Brace for Tough 2010
According to a survey released by the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) America's nonprofits expect that 2010 will be financially more difficult or as difficult as 2009, as 80% anticipate an increase in demand for services, leading many to seek creative alternatives. Access the survey here.