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Catching up: how do we reach out to the youth left behind by the impacts of COVID-19?

Whilst variants of COVID-19 continue to mutate and spread, countries with higher levels of vaccination (predominantly the more economically developed countries) are ‘opening up’. What does it mean to open up? Weddings are back on with larger guest counts, domestic tourism is soaring, and in some places schools can drop mask mandates and distancing, to …

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High rates of Black children Detained in Maryland

During a momentously challenging period in the USA, there are various epidemics that began long before 2020. One such epidemic is the US prison (or Corrections) system, which has seen years of mass incarceration, privatisation, scandals of prisoners working at near-slavery pay rates and minority groups being vastly over-represented within the prison population. Maryland is …

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Beyond Masks: the impact of COVID-19 on the young

COVID-19 is often thought of as disproportionately affecting the elderly. Medically speaking, that is accurate: but there are of course wider effects that are intergenerational. There are also effects of the pandemic, and particularly of the incurring lockdowns, which disproportionately affect the young. What are the effects of COVID-19 on children and adolescents? In a …

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Leading Community-Based Alternative to Youth Incarceration/Institutionalization Shares Blueprint for Success

At age 16, Ellana Watson, whose mother battled mental illness, was mourning the death of the grandmother who raised her when a school fight led to an expulsion, arrest and charges of assaulting a police officer. Today, Watson is working, completing community college and volunteers in her spare time. She said Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), …

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