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3,752 Youth Today: Needed: Calluses, Credits and Credentials

By Karen Pittman, June 2002

“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, do youth work.”

2,430 Youth Today: No Place Like Home?

By Karen Pittman, October 1998

As with childcare, we may be on the verge of finding the middle-class issue that addresses the increasingly serious problem of youth homelessness and youth home-boundness — young people living at home because they cannot afford otherwise. As the parent of a 23-year-old non-college graduate with learning disabilities whose $8.00 an hour salary simply can’t be stretched to cover transportation food, health plan co-payments and lodging, and a 20-year-old opting to live at home and save for graduate school, I find myself thinking about housing options.

9,656 Youth Today: On Nature versus Nurture, Success and Failure

By Karen Pittman, October 2003

3,434 Youth Today: One Man as an Institute for Ideas

By Karen Pittman, February 2004

David Weikart, founder and president emeritus of High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, died on December 9, 2003. Through the magic of cell phones, I learned about his death just as I was preparing to open the Indiana Youth Institute's annual conference.

2,257 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.

2,649 Youth Today: Opportunity Knocks

By Karen Pittman, March/April 1997

Voluntary action. Organizations, associations, corporations across the country are being called upon to make significant, new commitments toward ensuring that more children and youth in the United States have a caring adult, a healthy start, safe places to learn and grow, education for marketable skills and opportunities to give back through services. LensCrafters will give one million eye exams to low-income citizens, many of them children and youth. Kimberly Clark, in partnership with Kaboom, has committed to build playgrounds.

2,883 Youth Today: Out at School

By Karen Pittman, September 2003

In July, the New York Post broke the news about the city of New York's decision to open Harvey Milk High School, the first accredited school in the country for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth. The Department of Education has run a small alternative program for such youth for two decades, but the $3.2 million renovation budget to create a stand-alone school marks a new level of visibility and commitment.

5,117 Youth Today: Out of the Inbox and Into the Streets

May 2010
By Karen Pittman

Column time: I reached for the “recent research” inbox and pulled out five studies – three national surveys, two major evaluations – and started to read, looking for common themes. Good stuff.

2,675 Youth Today: Paint By Numbers

By Karen Pittman, April 2001

Technology doesn’t always improve lives or even save time. So I’m always delighted to find quiet ways in which technology is making a positive difference.

2,706 Youth Today: Policy, Policy, Policy

By Karen Pittman, May 2001

I hate receptions and cocktail parties. One reason is that I am basically anti-social. Another is that I hate the inevitable question, “What do you do?,” which seems simple but is difficult to answer. In an effort to steer people away from thinking that I work directly with youth (something I haven’t done for going on 30 years), I often state that I do youth policy research. Then comes the question, “What is youth policy? Does the U.S. have a youth policy or a set of youth policies?”