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Luis leans against a wall on a city street.
October 20, 2022 | Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci
We didn't set out to make an immigration film. In 2010, while working on a different project, we met 8-year-old Luis, a quirky kid from a Mayan village in Guatemala. We’ve kept in touch with him ever since, watching as this shy child grew into a bubbly and opinionated teenager. Then in late 2017, at…
Miles Dale headshot and the Youth Communication Logo
October 14, 2022 | Miles Dale
I was struggling through my algebra homework when my tutor, Megan, recommended that I apply for the Youth Communication Summer Writing Workshop. I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to apply. I was shy, not good at articulating myself in words, and definitely not confident in my writing. But with Mx.…
Jose Reyna headshot
October 14, 2022 | Jose Reyna
My personal experience of being locked up in juvenile hall, county jail, and the state Department of Juvenile Justice made me very passionate about family visits because all I ever really had in life and while incarcerated was my family. I am not the only person who feels this way—many people in my…
Several hands reach into a circle to touch, symbolizing teamwork
October 11, 2022 | Evident Change
A participatory risk validation examines how well a risk assessment is supporting decision making while centering attention on those who are most impacted, ultimately seeking action to improve practice. This type of validation study combines data analyses with the perspectives of a diverse group of…
Photo of author Kristin Henning next to the book cover.
October 7, 2022 | Kristin Henning
I will never forget the day I walked into a courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, and saw a line of children being escorted down the hallway. The boys, mostly Black and Latino, were chained together by their arms and legs. No one else seemed to be shocked by the scene, but all I could think of was R…
Three youth recording a podcast
September 28, 2022 | Lila Shroff
When we encounter stories about incarceration in popular media, the narratives are often misleading.  The stories are distorted by political motives or exaggerated for entertainment purposes, and they commonly lack the perspectives of the individuals whose experiences they are supposed to be about. …
Silhouette of a hiker on top of a mountain
August 12, 2022 | Simone Sawyer
My first blog, "Finding Balance in Supervision," was my call to action for the justice system to refocus its efforts and create more individualized case plans for people on supervision. As I reread it now, I realize how lofty a goal that is from where I sit. As a third party, I only see the aftermat…
Close-up of three hands, one on top of the other, with a child's hand at the top.
August 2, 2022 | Evident Change
Last summer Evident Change launched an exciting effort: our first nationwide recruitment of bachelor’s-level interns through doctoral candidates to join us as research assistants. Our aim was to enhance Evident Change’s role in growing new researchers in the social justice space and to support the o…
Speranza Gonzalez headshot
July 28, 2022 | Speranza Gonzalez
As a developing researcher at Evident Change, I’ve been focused on Team Decision Making® (TDM™) and child and family team (CFT) meetings. As a former foster youth, I have always thought of TDMs as a safe haven, so when I was given the opportunity to begin my research within TDM/CFT meetings, I jumpe…
Sue Gramling, Wayne strong headshots
July 6, 2022 | Evident Change
Evident Change mourns the loss of two wonderful colleagues and friends: Susan Gramling, JD, and Wayne Strong. Both Sue and Wayne were tirelessly dedicated members of their communities: Sue in Milwaukee and Wayne in Madison. They brought so much to the people around them through both their profession…