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: Risky Businesses

By Karen Pittman, June 2004

Consider this: In 2001, more young people declared bankruptcy than graduated from college.

2004-06-01
Youth Today: Riding on the Coattails of Brown

By Karen Pittman, May 2004

I often look for opportunities to tell people that I received an excellent education from the Washington, DC, public schools. I have long known that my years in the city's public schools contrast sharply with the experiences of most students in the system today. What I didn't know, until recently, was that they were also an anomaly in their own time.

2004-05-15
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.

2004-04-01
Youth Today: An Unexpected Gift

By Karen Pittman, March 2004

2004-03-01
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.

2004-02-01
Youth Today: Creating Character-Rich Communities

By Karen Pittman, December 2003

I'll admit it: I've got mixed feelings about character education classes — emphasis on "classes." My gut instinct, first as a parent, then as a youth worker, is that these kinds of lessons are best learned when they're embedded in other learning experiences and reinforced in life, particularly when the recipients are teens.

2003-12-15
Youth Today: Don't Be Left Out Standing in Your Field

By Karen Pittman, November 2003

2003-11-01
Youth Today: On Nature versus Nurture, Success and Failure

By Karen Pittman, October 2003

2003-10-01
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.

2003-09-01
Youth Today: 21st Century Skills and Indicators

By Karen Pittman, July 2003

We're getting close.

On June 5, 50 hand-picked researchers, practitioners and policy experts from academia and youth development gathered in Washington at the behest of the U.S. Department of Education to prioritize youth performance indicators used to assess after-school programs the department funds. The stakes were high. The discussions were surprisingly good.

2003-07-01