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 Recent Commission onYouth at Risk Policies & Resolutions

New YAR Policy on Child Welfare Financing Reform: At the 2010 Midyear meeting, the American Bar Association passed a new policy urging governments to enact child welfare financing laws and/or implement policies to reform the child welfare financing structure to end the current fiscal incentives to place children in foster care. Click here to view the full Recommendation and Report.

Right to Education Resolutions

The Commission also successfully passed a series of 3 related education resolutions to help the nation secure the right of every child to a high quality education. The recommendations, co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty cover three aspects of that right (Right to a High Quality Education, Right to Remain in School and Right to Return to School) and were unanimously adopted by the American Bar Association during its Annual Meeting July 30th through August 5th in Chicago. To view the recommendations only, click here and to download the recommendations and reports, click here.

  Youth At Risk Publication: “Making a Connection and a Difference with America’s Youth” features pro bono and public service opportunities around the country for attorneys interested in working with youth. Free Download.

Lawyers, Law School Students and Others in Law-Related Professions are needed as Volunteers for ABA Teen Mentoring Programs in Chicago, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans and Providence

Championing Our Students (COS) is a law-related mentoring program developed by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education that matches teens with legal professionals and law students in four communities. In operation since July 2009, its primary focus is to help foster young people’s understanding of the role of law in our society, while building skills and attitudes to enable them to succeed in school and life. Mentors communicate online with youth each week and meet once per month for a group event based on a law-related curriculum. In addition, COS hosted a residential summer law camp in Chicago and is hosting a series of law workshops and summits in each of the communities. Do you or those in your personal and professional networks have a few hours to spare each month or on a one time basis to make a difference in the life of a teen?

For more information or to sign up to be a mentor, presenter on a law topic at a monthly meeting, or host a group of COS students at your workplace for a mentoring event, please visit

COS is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

BOOK: Families in Need of Critical Assistance: Legislation and Policy Aiding Youth Who Engage in Noncriminal Misbehavior