Karen Pittman's Youth Today Columns
Karen Pittman, executive director of the Forum, used to regularly write a column for Youth Today, the newspaper on youth work. This archive includes articles from her entire stint writing for Youth Today and covers a variety of topics related to children and youth.
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|Youth Today: Let's Make Youth Work a Field||
By Karen Pittman, September/October 1992
There is an unprecedented opportunity to move a national youth agenda that has development, rather than deterrence, as it’s base. Frustration with two decades of fragmented policies and programs aimed at reducing youth problems has peaked. I sense a willingness, even an eagerness, to embrace a new philosophy.
|Youth Today: Truth in Labeling||
By Karen Pittman, July/August 1994
|Youth Today: S.O.S. for Youth||
By Karen Pittman, September/October 1994
|Youth Today: Strength in Unity||
By Karen Pittman, November/December 1994
|Youth Today: Hazardous Waste||
By Karen Pittman, January/February 1995
|Youth Today: Changing the Odds||
By Karen Pittman, March/April 1995
|Youth Today: Rebuilding Community Block by Block||
By Karen Pittman, May/June 1995
Neighbors. Everyone over 40 tells the story of how if they did something wrong two blocks away, their parents knew about it before they got home. There is widespread agreement that those days are gone. Neighbors have either gone to work, moved to the suburbs, or been silenced by fear of youth violence and parental indifference.
There were no neighbors present in the Fredricksburg, Virginia, convenience store on April 17th when six customers watched a 17-year-old brutally beat a clerk to the floor. No one stopped the teen, no one called the police, no one helped the bloodied clerk. The concept of neighbors seems to be in danger of extinction.
|Youth Today: Maybe It Is Rocket Science||
By Karen Pittman, July/August 1995
|Youth Today: Where's the Market?||
By Karen Pittman, September/October 1995
|Youth Today: A Realist’s View of Child Poverty||
By Karen Pittman, November/December 1995