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|Youth Today: Creativity, Sprituality and Youth Work: Claiming the Territory||
By Karen Pittman, December 2007
Embedded in the pages of the October Youth Today were two pieces that are worth revisiting so that they can be connected. Consider this a low-budget instant replay with comments.
The first piece was Peter Benson’s column, “Youth Development and the Creative Life,” in which he laments the continued decline of investment in the arts and offers data that suggest that the most common source of “spark” for U.S. teens—“the interest or talent from which we derive energy”—is the creative arts. According to Benson’s research, “music, art, dance and writing are mentioned twice as often as sports” by both boys and girls.
|Forum Flash: December 12, 2007||
The Forum and the American Youth Policy Forum are offering a lunchtime event for cabinet and council directors to come together and share their experiences. In Karen Pittman's latest Youth Today Column, Karen calls for youth workers to be recognized for what roles they play in influencing youth.
|Webinar: Creating State and Local Youth Policy Councils||
This Webinar, held on December 3rd, 2007, offered an opportunity to hear firsthand about how youth from across the country are successfully engaging with policymakers in formal bodies called youth councils. The Forum also discussed the key principles of creating an effective youth council, which are outlined in the paper Building Effective Youth Councils.
|2008 Directory of State Children's Cabinets and Councils - June 2008 Update||
The 2008 Directory of State Children’s Cabinets and Councils provides at-a-glance responses to basic but important questions: which states have children’s cabinets and councils? Who is involved in them? What do they do? The guide provides summaries of interviews done with children’s cabinet and council directors in the latter half of 2007.
|Forum Flash: November 1, 2007||
There has been a lot of big news around Ready by 21: the Forum and the United Way of America have joined forces and the Quality Counts sites have been chosen and announced. We can now work together with United Ways on spreading the message of Ready by 21 and as we do that, we can help specific communities begin to work on changing the odds for youth.
|Ready by 21® Quality Counts Initiative Sites Announced||
More than $2,500,000 in grants, technical assistance awarded to enhance local youth programs.
|Youth Ready by 21: A Five-Year Action Agenda for Maryland||
In Maryland, there are many agencies, organizations, task forces and coalitions focused on various pieces of the puzzle needed to ensure that all youth are ready for adulthood. While aiming for similar ultimate goals, these groups are often working in parallel and occasionally at cross purposes due to funding streams and grant restrictions.
|Youth Today: Extending Learning—Will We Ever Get it Right?||
By Karen Pittman, October 2007
I had a few hours to read, so I pulled out the folder into which I cram all of the things that catch my eye and might make good material for a column.
Here’s what I read recently:
|Arizona: Five Keys to Youth Success -- Unlocking the Door to Arizona's Future||
Positive youth development is a policy perspective that emphasizes providing services and opportunities to help all young people develop a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and empowerment. This framework, Five Keys to Youth Success: Unlocking the Door to Arizona’s Future (Five Keys), focuses on this perspective, and conveys the importance of investing in young people and ensuring tha
|Bartholomew County, IN Council for Youth Development Overview||
The Council for Youth Development is a local coalition, supported by a successful, nationally-recognized program. The Council includes our school systems, youth-serving agencies, government, United Way and scores of agencies dedicated to helping prepare our children to be healthy, successful members of society.