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Blog: Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom reflects on Reframing the Narrative around Young People of Color

This past spring brought a rash of extrajudicial killings of unarmed black youth. The circumstances of these cases are often strikingly similar, as exemplified in three recent cases in Texas, California and Connecticut. The narrative in each case was initially one of a recalcitrant youth, disruptive and unyielding. Later evidence in each of these cases emerged, and the narratives were changed.

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July 9, 2017

Report: Busting Myths About State Funding

How can federal agencies help governors, mayors and other local leaders craft innovative solutions to pressing policy challenges, even in an era of flat or declining funding?

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July 5, 2017

Ensuring Youth Success in Fairfax County, Virginia

How can a community make sure all its young people are safe, healthy and high achieving? By breaking down traditional boundaries and siloes, and pulling together to plan and deliver high-quality services. Fairfax County school, government and community leaders meet regularly as the Successful Children and Youth Policy Team (SCYPT) to set county-wide goals and priorities.

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June 19, 2017

Karen Pittman Reflects on the Opportunity Youth Movement with YouthBuild CEO John Valverde

In a truly moving conversation, the Forum's CEO and co-founder Karen Pittman recently sat down with newly appointed YouthBuild CEO John Valverde and discussed Valverde's personal journey, the importance of trauma-informed support for opportunity youth, and the critical role of love in the YouthBuild work with young people.

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June 17, 2017

2017 Child and Youth Policy Alignment Summit

2017 Child and Youth Policy Alignment Summit

June 14 – 15, 2017


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June 1, 2017

Oregon Community Foundation Brief Highlights the Weikart Center YPQI Model

A new report highlights the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality's Youth Program Quality Intervention model and summarizes the initial findings from the ongoing evaluation of the K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Among those findings was the following:
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May 18, 2017

Changing the Odds for Youth: Creating Opportunities that Really Matter

by Karen Pittman

CEO and Co-Founder

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May 1, 2017

The SEL Challenge Enters Its Next Phase

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April 20, 2017

New Children's Cabinet Profiles

Now available on the Forum for Youth Investment's

March 1, 2017

Karen Pittman to Deliver Samuel Halperin Lecture

On April 26, 2017, The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) will host the third annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award in Washington, D.C.
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February 10, 2017

The Forum for Youth Investment’s Big Picture Approach Consulting Expands Its Expert Consulting Bench

We are very excited to announce that we are increasing bench strength of Big Picture Approach (BPA) Consulting through the addition of four powerhouse field experts.  Each consultants in their own right, they will also be doing some of their business as part of the BPA team because they believe building the capacity of partnerships can significantly improve outcomes for children and youth.

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January 26, 2017

Opportunity Nation: Restoring the American Dream Series

Wednesday, February 15

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Washington, DC



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January 25, 2017

Early Childhood Leaders Convene Around Financing Options to Expand Programs

North Carolina Chambers of Commerce leaders, county commissioners, early learning program providers, private foundations, community organizations, local school board members, Smart Start local partnerships and business leaders recently spent a day together discussing how to make greater local investments in young children.

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January 25, 2017

Palm Beach County Releases Youth Master Plan

An alliance of Palm Beach County community leaders recently released the Palm Beach County Youth Master Plan, a blueprint for setting priorities and taking action to improve the lives of children and youth in the county.  The plan identifies key data and work streams that helped guide the planning process, such as community conversations, a youth survey and an analysis of youth-serving pro

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January 12, 2017