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|Youth Councils Team Up for the First Time||
On Monday, July 14, the Forum convened the Youth Councils Learning Group in New Orleans, LA, for a pre-conference to the Workforce Innovations conference. This convening marked the first time that the Learning Group met face-to-face where they attended discussions and workshops facilitated by their peers from across the country.
|Forum Flash: July 9, 2008||
The Forum is proud to revive the Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary; the first issue is focused on youth work practice and reivews studies that our broadening our knowledge. Karen Pittman's Youth Today column looks at what young people need to get through school rather than dropping out.
|Youth Today: Wanted: Youth Work Principles in Schools||
By Karen Pittman, July 2008
Seven students recently joined me for breakfast in a windowless conference room in Des Moines to talk about “the high school dropout crisis.” They were experts: Five had dropped out. Another had come very close.
|Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #12: Unpacking Youth Work Practice||
The Forum's OST Policy Commentary series is back! In this issue we discuss the implications of recent research led by Bart Hirsch, Reed Larson and Charles Smith. Each study helps deepen our understanding of youth work practice and can inform policy strategies aimed at developing a strong, stable, committed and prepared OST workforce.
|Forum Flash: June 4, 2008||
The Forum has been working hard with our national partners. in conjunction with America's Promise Alliance, we produced the Dropout Prevention Summit Guide to ensure all stakeholders are included in solving this daunting issue. Karen Pittman and Merita Irby visited the United Way's Community Leaders Conference and the AASA State Leadership Conference respectively.
|Dropout Prevention Summit Planning Guide||
The America’s Promise Alliance is supporting 50 state and at least 50 city Dropout Prevention Summits to be held by 2010. The purposes of the Dropout Prevention Summits are many, but the primary intention is to increase public awareness of the dropout and college-readiness crisis.
|Kentucky: Youth Development Coordinating Council, Strategic Plan 2008-10||
The Kentucky Youth Development Coordinating Council was created to allow all youth serving state programs to work together to use existing resources more efficiently and improve services and outcomes with focus on: coordination, accountability, quality, and opportunities.
|Technical Assistance Brief: Youth Work Certificate Programs||
Technical assistance brief on youth work certificate programs prepared by the Forum for Youth Investment for the Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative.
|Youth Today: Precision Engineering||
By Karen Pittman, May 2008
Creating sound bites that are not only memorable but communicate a message is a passion of mine. Every now and then I hit one out of the park. “Problem-free isn’t fully prepared” is still in use after more than 15 years. I think “bringing precision to our passion” may be the next one to stick.
|Forum Flash: April 29, 2008||
The Forum is glad so many of you joined us for the Launch. As a treat, we have video clips from our National Partners and our Co-Chairs, Dick Gephardt and Tom Ridge. Nashville and New York announced their Quality Counts intitiatives to improve the odds for youth.