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7,324 Youth Today: The Importance of Family

By Karen Pittman, March 2000

My mom died in early February. The death of a parent is cause for much reflection. In my case, this reflection has reaffirmed the importance of family — an institution that we in youth work are often accused of slighting, if not intentionally sidestepping.

7,324 Federal Programs & Youth Workers: Opportunities to Strengthen Our Workforce

Policymakers increasingly view youth development and after-school programs as solutions to a host of problems confronting youth, communities and our country overall. Yet, funds for these programs as a whole are scarce and when resources are devoted to training or workforce development, they appear to be included as afterthoughts or minor priorities.

7,278 Ready by 21 Case Study: Massachusetts

This is a story about how a statewide team created a shared set of desired outcomes for youth. These outcomes form the basis of an action plan for the state of Massachusetts, focused on translating the vision into reality. The Forum for Youth Investment – using the Ready by 21® set of strategies – guided the creation of the outcomes and action plan.

7,274 Forum Focus: What's Health Got to Do With It?

For youth workers and youth-serving organizations, making a commitment to improve adolescent health outcomes can be as complex as making a commitment to improving academic achievement. Health, like education, has an entire system behind it.

7,271 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.

7,210 Align New Policies with Existing Efforts to Collaborate

The Forum has just launched its new Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Series, which will provide a set of strategies to ensure that new child and youth policies align with existing efforts in order to create a seamless system of supports.

7,175 Forum Flash: August 11, 2010

In this edition of Forum Flash, read about the Forum's latest work in education and youth policy. Karen Pittman will be a featured panelist at a free event in Washington, DC presenting findings from Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa on the state of education.

7,152 Business Leadership: Supporting Youth Development and the Talent Pipeline

The Forum for Youth Investment has partnered with Corporate Voices for Working Families to support a Youth Transitions Task Force charged with identifying and promoting the corporate and public policies necessary to ensure that young people ages 14-21 have the opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in work and in life.

7,134 Forum Flash: December 4, 2009

This month in Forum Flash, we have announced our next webinar on the Ready by 21 Tool Kit - so be sure to save the date. Also, find out more about the Ready by 21 Leadership Network, which will let leaders take full advantage of the Ready by 21 Approach and Partnership.

7,116 ‘My Brother’s Keeper’: A Chance to Help America’s Opportunity Youth

A White House initiative to help boys and young men of color reach their full potential provides a significant opportunity to lift the millions of American youth who are disconnected from school and work.