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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.

Forum Flash: March 6, 2008

The Ready by 21 Launch was a great success because of you; it was a wonderful moment to mark our 10th anniversary. We have two major publications to share: the Ready by 21 Challenge – the definitive guide to the concepts behind Ready by 21, and The National Partner Profiles and Commitments – to show what our National Partners are bringing to Ready by 21 and a hint at our future plans.

Youth Today: Superintendents of Learning

By Karen Pittman, March 2008