by Sean Hedden
In NSV’s mission to use data in order to curb youth violence, we’d like to highlight The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count initiative. It is paving the way in using data to solve problems for youth. In their words, Kids Count provides “state legislators, public officials and child advocates with reliable data, policy recommendations and tools needed to advance sound policies that benefit children and families.”
The Kids Count data center provides numbers, research, and indicators from all over the United States concerning the welfare of children. Some other popular resources might be of interest to our NSV readers, including reports on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, the Maltreatment of Youth in U.S. Juvenile Corrections Facilities, and the 2014 Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Progress Report. Kids Count provides advocacy for youth in the ways of providing data that focuses on poverty, health, education, and family welfare, all for the betterment of children. In fact, for those interested in developing skills as child advocate leaders, Kids Count has the Leadership Institute for State-Based Advocates. This is just a summary of the most comprehensive database on youth social issues today. NSV recommends that you check it out today!