Meet artist Amanda Louise Spayd, a sculptor who crafts endearing doll sized creatures.
Many rites of passages come along with turning eighteen…high school graduation, voting, entering the work force or college. For most young people it means the first time away from home and parents – an exciting, albeit scary, time for which many teens have been anxiously waiting for years. But for youth who reach the age of majority while in foster care, the rite of passage comes with additional challenges.
In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, which has the largest Somali population in the US, eight Somali men have been killed in the last two years, and authorities say they were killed by fellow Somalis. Local Somali community organizers attribute the deaths to a rise in gang violence. Now Somali community leaders in Columbus — which hosts the second largest US Somali community – are working to curb a similar rise in youth gang violence.
The Ohio Department of Youth Services is changing the process for determining how long kids are locked up in its facilities. The changes are designed to give kids more opportunities for treatment within their communities and less time in a youth detention center.
The state agency responsible for juvenile corrections says it will close a corrections facility and a residential treatment center to save $24 million.
In a little more than a month thousands of people in Franklin County will head to the polls to cast their ballot in what’s considered one of the most historical elections in American history. And, like always, poll workers will be there to answer questions and help with any problems with the electronic ballots. But this presidential election year is a little different, some of those poll workers are too young to even vote.
Parents who think their teenagers are ignoring them might be encouraged by research underway at Ohio State University.
About 1,700 young people, ages 12 to 21, are held in the custody of Ohio’s Department of Youth Services each year. Officials say many will be returned to confinement within a few years. The agency’s director hopes to cut recidivism by implementing new measures – which include recruiting community volunteers to help with literacy and job training.
Celebrity weekend events promoting anti violence in Columbus have been put on an indefinite hold. Event planners for the first annual “peace and unity in our community” rally and concert say low interest and ticket sales are responsible for the cancellation.