On any given day, there are approximately 60,000 incarcerated youth. National educational and workforce data on currently and formerly incarcerated youth is limited, but many studies conclude that youth in the juvenile justice system face significant barriers once released from custody:
- At least 1 in 3 incarcerated youth is identified as needing or already receiving special education services, a rate nearly four times higher than youth attending school in the community.
- Youth that are incarcerated have fewer vocational skills and opportunities, which leaves them with limited or no job experience.
- Approximately 70% of formerly incarcerated youth have a learning disability that can hinder them from returning to school or seeking employment.
- Incarcerated youth can face systemic discrimination, as many employers and postsecondary programs can perceive them as less reliable and workforce ready.
For youth-focused resources geared towards youth with experiences in the juvenile-justice and foster-care systems, checkout AYPF’s Youth Council Microsite.
- June 20, 2019
A review of 38 ESSA state plans shows how states are addressing accountability for alternative education, with infographic of…
- May 7, 2019
Jesse Kannam offers insight into how the child welfare system can leverage the expertise and experience of youth and…
This discussion group identified available resources and new tools that help promote better outcomes for systems-involved youth.
From Diversion to Reentry: How Community-Based Programs Support Federal and State Policies for Systems-Involved Youth (Washington, DC)
This study tour in Washington, DC brought together congressional staff to learn about community-based programs that improve outcomes for…