By a 6-to-1 margin, voters agree too little is being spent Americans may be more divided on politics than ever before, but there’s one thing nearly everyone agrees upon: children are our future. Now, a national poll backs up this sentiment with hard data. By a 6-to-1 margin American voters believe the federal government is spending too little on the safety, health, and overall well-being of our children, according to a recent national poll of 1,000 likely voters by Lake Research Partners. The poll showed that Americans across divisions such as race, gender, or political party all consistently support permanently funding programs such as the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and ...Read More
Alarming numbers of girls in Florida are experiencing sexual victimization, interpersonal violence, unaddressed mental health issues, homelessness, and involvement in the juvenile justice system. One in 10 report they have been raped, one in eight do not feel safe in their neighborhoods and one in five has experienced suicidal thoughts. A new report from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center: The Justice for Girls Blueprint: The Way Forward for Florida, offers much-needed reform solutions and scores Florida’s progress on implementing policy and practice changes called for in the 2008 Justice for Girls: Blueprint report, endorsed by 125 stakeholders with vast experience in juvenile justice. Compared to 2008, the majority (66%) ...Read More
While Florida’s and the nation’s attention is rightfully focused on the latest school shooting in Texas, we want to also bring wide attention to the formal request for Florida to reconsider its decision to move away from administering the federal Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). In case you missed it, here are some of the latest news articles on this important issue: Orlando Sentinel Tampa Bay Times Florida Politics For the past 30 years, data from YRBS has been used broadly among numerous organizations in developing intervention and prevention strategies that better serve children and families.