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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 Questions abound as the organization enters its third year, especially since it repealed its own sunset law in order to keep the doors open past 2000.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