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|2,352||Youth Today: One More Time: Don’t Pit Preschoolers Against Teens||
States are struggling. Children’s lives, too often, are truly in the balance as states and localities decide where to make cuts, often sacrificing long-term investments to achieve short-term cost savings. And a new National League of Cities report, City Fiscal Conditions 2009, suggests that the situation will worsen over the next two years.
|2,336||Youth Today: Building an Alliance Building||
By Karen Pittman, May 1999
It’s May — an important time for America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. Its second Report to the Nation is due. Questions abound as the organization enters its third year, especially since it repealed its own sunset law in order to keep the doors open past 2000. Is there real promise to America’s Promise? Can it forge a real alliance for youth?
|2,334||Youth Today: Back to School Shopping||
By Karen Pittman, September 2000
It’s back to school time. Reform is in the air. Increasingly, students and families are being offered more choices: Magnet schools, charter schools, CBO schools, small schools, schools-within-schools. But many students are walking into the dinosaur of comprehensive high schools that lack character, focus and connections with their students or their communities. These are the schools where few youths actively choose to be; they are assigned. In the suburbs and affluent neighborhoods, these schools will serve as places to mark time for the college-bound.
|2,307||Youth Today: Inequality Revisited||
By Karen Pittman, November 1997
Concrete towers rising like ugly dominoes out of hard-packed dirt. Lots of kids, little else. On the edge of the row, a low-rise building with landscaping, playgrounds, basketball courts. Inside, fresh paint, plants, skylights — intact equipment, matching furniture, art on the walls. Further inside, 200-plus young people playing ping-pong, working out, doing projects, chatting — enjoying the security, space and support of the center.
|2,303||Ready Partners: June 2, 2011||
Ready Partners: Better School Instruction, the State of Afterschool, Helping Young Employees
|2,295||From Data to Evidence to Policy: Recommendations for the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking||
President Obama has signed a bipartisan bill creating a 15-member commission to determine how the federal government can share and link administrative data sets without risking personal information privacy.
|2,269||Forum Flash: October 7, 2009||
Make sure to mark your calendars for the 2009 Search Conference where you can meet the Ready by 21 National Partnership, who is proud to be a signature sponsor of the conference.
|2,264||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.
|2,239||Youth Today: Move Over, Greenspan||
By Karen Pittman, November 1998
Bear with me, I want to talk about data — specifically about official indicators and why we must invest time lobbying for their effective development and use.
While there is no shortage of fact books, until recently there has been no official government compilation of indicators. Accordingly, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, had the potential to be momentous. Unfortunately, it was not.
|2,223||Ready Partners: April 7, 2011||
Ready by 21 Ideas, Graduation and Job Skills, the Value of Youth Programs