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: Affordable, Accessible, Appropriate||
By Karen Pittman, April 1999
Reduced Crime. Averted pregnancies. Improved grades. Reassured parents. Engaged youth. That’s five good reasons to support after-school programming for children and youth. We do not need more research to document what every parent knows: Our youth need caring people to talk to, safe places to go, healthy possibilities to explore. To the extent that we aggressively provide them with these basic supports, we increase the chances that youth stay on the paths that we lay out for them. To the extent that we leave these things to chance, or put the full burden for arranging and paying for these supports on parents, we increase the chances that youth problems will increase and youth preparation will suffer.
|Youth Today: Aging Out or Aging In?||
By Karen Pittman, January/February 1996
|Youth Today: All Planning, No Programming||
By Karen Pittman, March/April 1996
|Youth Today: An Official Seal of Approval||
By Karen Pittman, December 2001
|Youth Today: An Unbalanced Proposition||
By Karen Pittman, February 1999
President Clinton’s recent proposal to up the funding for 21st Century Schools is probably one of the youth development field’s best wins in a long time. He wants to add $400 million next year for after-school programming, for a total of $600 million. That would help provide an estimated 1 million students with after-school academic and non-academic supports and opportunities. The Youth Development Block Grant Act – which failed to win passage in the 104th Congress – was slotted for $891 million. So why aren’t youth workers cheering?
|Youth Today: An Unexpected Gift||
By Karen Pittman, March 2004
|Youth Today: Back to School||
By Karen Pittman, September 2005
September is back to school month. And for the first time in the nation’s history, many communities are beginning to get an accurate sense of just how many high school-age youths will not be picking up their backpacks to return to school.
|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.
|Youth Today: Behind the Teen Pregnancy Drop: Teens||
By Karen Pittman, April 2004
"Less sex, more contraception." That's the story behind the continued drop in teenage pregnancy rates. According to the latest data, teen pregnancy rates are at the lowest they've been in two decades.
|Youth Today: Beyond Participation||
By Karen Pittman, January 1999
Power: That’s the newest word in my youth development mantra. Beyond prevention to preparation. Beyond preparation to participation. Beyond participation to power.