Guiding our Youth

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What Are You Doing With Your Life?
When a teenager tries to break into her home, Joey Garcia asks him an unexpected question.

Dec 29, 2015 By Joey Garcia – KQED Perspectives

I was at my laptop working on a poem when I realized that late afternoon had darkened into evening. I should probably close the windows in the front of the house, I thought.

The early evening light was dim but when I walked into the kitchen, I could clearly see the young man straddling the windowsill, breaking into my home.

He was a teenager, 17 or 18 years old. I felt strangely calm, probably because of my two decades as a high school teacher and life coach for teens. So it didn’t surprise me when a sincere question came into my mind:

“What are you doing with your life?”

He froze. I asked again, louder this time, my hands flapping emphatically: “What are you doing with your life?”

Watching me carefully for a moment, he seemed to ponder the question. Then he began to back out of the window.

I told him I would count to three and yell for help.

The young man ran. With shaky hands, I closed and locked my windows, careful not to touch the one he had entered, or the screen he had removed to break in. Evidence, I thought.

When the police officer arrived, he asked me what happened. When I explained, he asked if I knew the young man. “No” I said. The officer narrowed his eyes. “Then why did you ask, ‘What are you doing with your life?'”

I don’t remember what I told him. But the truth is, I feel responsible for all kids. Every child is my child. I believe that every adult is responsible for guiding teens to maturity. We must all help every teenager we meet to navigate a path into a rewarding life.

Looking back, I think I understand why the young man ran away. To be asked, “What are you doing with your life?” is to be acknowledged as if you matter, are loved and are valued.

In the end, I committed the bolder theft. He tried to break into my house, but I tried to break into his consciousness.

For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.kqed.org/a/perspectives/R201512290643

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  1. WH

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attending meetings at the White House

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    President Obama visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
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    President Obama departs Bethesda, Maryland en route the White House

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  2. Guiding our Youth

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  3. I am praying that more of our youth get good family guidance over time. I am hoping for more complete family life for a majority of our young people.

  4. Iowa Democrats’ Town Hall

    The Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and
    Bernie Sanders participate in a “Town Hall” discussion.

    9:00 PM ET
    2016 Iowa Democrats’ Town Hall
    Hosted by Iowa Democratic Party and CNN

    Live Streamed: http://www.cnn.com

  5. Worried About a U.S. Recession? You Shouldn’t Be

    January 24, 2016 Anna-Louise Jackson & Lu Wang – bloomberg

    It wouldn’t take much to look at the performance of markets these days and draw the conclusion that investors deem a U.S. recession as all but inevitable. A deeper dive finds a more benign scenario.

    Yes, global equities fell within points of a bear market, relative yields on junk bonds have blown out to the highest in four years and the price of oil has collapsed along with most other commodities. While U.S. stocks haven’t been immune from the downdraft, history shows there’s only about a one-in-three chance that America’s economy will shrink within the following 12 months based on the signal they’re sending.

    Maybe even more telling is the response of big investors when asked to interpret the signals that the market is sending. Rather than buying into the recession scenario, many such as BlackRock Inc. Chief Executive Officer Laurence D. Fink, whose firm manages $4.6 trillion, are surprisingly sanguine. The consensus is that markets have overshot relative to the fundamentals.

    “Markets tend to be a lot more volatile over time than the economy,” said David Joy, the Boston-based chief market strategist at Ameriprise Financial Inc., which oversees $766 billion. “The U.S. economy has enough strength to it that we’ll avoid a recession. The chances of it happening this year are not zero, but I would say it’s no better than one-in-five or one-in-four.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-25/deeper-dive-into-market-monsoon-shows-recession-alert-on-mute

  6. Obama visits wounded soldiers

    January 25, 2016, 03:41 pm By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

    The weekend’s historic blizzard in the nation’s capital didn’t stop President Obama on Monday from visiting with wounded military service members.

    Obama flew on Marine One to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., avoiding Washington’s snow-clogged streets. The president typically takes his helicopter to the hospital, which is nine miles north of the White House.

    “I shoveled all of this stuff,” Obama joked to reporters on the South Lawn, which was cleared of snow, before departing.

    The president’s meeting with the soldiers, which lasted about 34 minutes, was private and closed to the press.

    The White House said Obama met with three service members — two Army and one Navy — and their families, but did not release their names.

    The rest of the region was virtually shut down on Monday as residents continued to dig out from the storm. The federal, state and city governments were closed across the region and school systems shut their doors as well.

  7. US Supreme Court: Juveniles Sentenced to Life Can Seek Parole

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday extended a 2012 decision banning life sentences without parole to offenders under the age of 18 so that it would be applied retroactively.

    January 25, 2016 4:00 PM Mark Snowiss – VOAnews

    Hundreds of inmates in U.S. prisons who were sentenced as juveniles to life without parole can now challenge those punishments, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday.

    In a 6-3 ruling, the court extended a 2012 decision prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from being sentenced to life without parole by making it retroactive for all such offenders who were given life sentences in the past.

    Monday’s case was brought by Henry Montgomery, who in 1963 shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 17.

    His lawyers said Montgomery fired in panic when the officer confronted him while playing hooky from school. But the court in his trial was barred by law from considering arguments that his age should matter.

    Montgomery is now 69 and says his rehabilitation in prison should make him eligible for parole. The Louisiana Supreme Court disagreed, and his challenge made it to the nation’s highest judicial body.

    “Prisoners like Montgomery must be given the opportunity to show their crime did not reflect irreparable corruption; and, if it did not, their hope for some years of life outside prison walls must be restored,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/united-states-supreme-court-juveniles-life-sentence-seek-parole/3162105.html

  8. Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement

    By Barack Obama January 25 at 8:01 PM

    Barack Obama is president of the United States.

    In 2010, a 16-year-old named Kalief Browder from the Bronx was accused of stealing a backpack. He was sent to Rikers Island to await trial, where he reportedly endured unspeakable violence at the hands of inmates and guards — and spent nearly two years in solitary confinement.

    In 2013, Kalief was released, having never stood trial. He completed a successful semester at Bronx Community College. But life was a constant struggle to recover from the trauma of being locked up alone for 23 hours a day. One Saturday, he committed suicide at home. He was just 22 years old.

    Solitary confinement gained popularity in the United States in the early 1800s, and the rationale for its use has varied over time. Today, it’s increasingly overused on people such as Kalief, with heartbreaking results — which is why my administration is taking steps to address this problem.

    There are as many as 100,000 people held in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons — including juveniles and people with mental illnesses. As many as 25,000 inmates are serving months, even years of their sentences alone in a tiny cell, with almost no human contact.

    Research suggests that solitary confinement has the potential to lead to devastating, lasting psychological consequences. It has been linked to depression, alienation, withdrawal, a reduced ability to interact with others and the potential for violent behavior. Some studies indicate that it can worsen existing mental illnesses and even trigger new ones. Prisoners in solitary are more likely to commit suicide, especially juveniles and people with mental illnesses.

    For more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/barack-obama-why-we-must-rethink-solitary-confinement/2016/01/25/29a361f2-c384-11e5-8965-0607e0e265ce_story.html?postshare=9121453770400144&tid=ss_tw

    • January 25, 2016

      FACT SHEET: Department of Justice Review of Solitary Confinement

      In July 2015, the President announced that he had asked the Attorney General to review “the overuse of solitary confinement across American prisons.” Since that time, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has undertaken a thorough review to determine how, when, and why correctional facilities isolate certain prisoners from the general inmate population, and has now developed concrete strategies for safely reducing the use of this practice, also known as “restrictive housing,” throughout our criminal justice system. That review led to a Report to the President setting out Guiding Principles that would responsibly limit the use of restrictive housing at the federal, state, and local level, as well as specific recommendations for policies that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) can implement for federal prisons. The Report identifies ways to further humane and safe conditions for both inmates and the correctional officers charged with protecting them.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/25/fact-sheet-department-justice-review-solitary-confinement

  9. Obama’s snow day

    New technology and seven years of practice helped the White House work through the blizzard of 2016.

    01/25/16 By Sarah Wheaton – politico

    A historic blizzard shut down the federal government on Monday, but at the White House, at least, they’re still phoning it in.

    In fact, President Barack Obama and his aides are practically old hands with the whole snow day thing: This weekend’s snowstorm is the third to prompt a government shutdown during his administration, more than any president in at least a century. And compared with the two storms they weathered early in his first term, including the double-storm-whammy of “Snowmageddon” in 2010, the 2016 storm has turned out to be more of an inconvenience than a disruption, aides say, thanks in large part to better technology and more confidence in the overall routine, that allows them to do their jobs by phone and secure email.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/barack-obama-white-house-snow-218203

  10. WH

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attend meetings at the White House

    President Obama meets with his senior health advisors, health and national security teams, including Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, and NIH/NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, to discuss the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses in the Americas as well as steps being taken to protect the American public.

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  11. Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Climb by Most Since July 2014

    January 26, 2016 Sho Chandra – bloomberg

    Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at a faster pace in the year ended November, underscoring the shortage of supply amid steady demand.

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 5.8 percent from a year earlier, the biggest advance since July 2014, a report from the group showed Tuesday in New York. The median projection of 31 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 5.7 percent gain. Nationally, prices rose 5.3 percent year-over-year.

    Low inventories are boosting property values, helping support household wealth for homeowners and offsetting some of the damage from the drop in stock prices. While mortgage rates are expected to stay low, faster wage growth is needed to bring homes within reach of more Americans, underpinning the industry’s recovery this year.

    “There’s a positive underlying picture in the trend in home prices,” said David Sloan, a senior economist at 4Cast Inc. in New York, who correctly projected the gain. “As long as demand is strong, the price appreciation will persist. We expect it to continue this year.”

    Economists’ estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from gains of 4.9 percent to 6 percent. The October reading showed a year-over-year advance of 5.5 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-26/home-prices-in-u-s-cities-rise-at-fastest-pace-since-july-2014

  12. 11:15 AM ET
    President Obama meets with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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  13. January 26, 2016

    Readout of the President’s Meeting on Zika Virus

    The President met today with leaders of his health and national security teams to discuss the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses in the Americas as well as steps being taken to protect the American public. The President’s senior health advisors, including Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, and NIH/NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, briefed him on the factors that could affect the potential spread of the Zika virus in the United States, as well as recently issued travel advisories and guidance for domestic health care providers who care for pregnant women. The President was briefed on the potential economic and developmental impacts of the Zika virus spreading in the Western Hemisphere. The President emphasized the need to accelerate research efforts to make available better diagnostic tests, to develop vaccines and therapeutics, and to ensure that all Americans have information about the Zika virus and steps they can take to better protect themselves from infection.

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