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: Some Things Do Make a Difference

By Karen Pittman, April 2003

While the debate over whether after-school programs make a difference in academic achievement takes shape inside the Washington Beltway, more good news has been deposited on the bridge where research, policy and practice meet.

2003-04-01
Youth Today: Politics + Science = Science Fiction

By Karen Pittman, March 2003

The Bush administration unveiled its request last month to cut funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLC) program by 40 percent for fiscal 2004. This is not good news. But it is not surprising.

2003-03-01
Youth Today: Rights and Responsibilities Revisited

By Karen Pittman, February 2003

"Third time's a charm." One of those family sayings I have found to be not only colorful, but equally applicable in child rearing, home repair and public policy analysis. If, in the course of a month or two, the same challenge pops up in three different situations, I take note. In the public policy arena at large, the challenge is how to link ever-growing interest in out-of-school time programs with building interest in youth civic engagement.

2003-02-01
Youth Today: Time to Support Families with Youth

By Karen Pittman, December 2002

October marked Al and Tipper Gore's 11th Annual Family Reunion in Nashville. The theme of this year's gathering, which drew more than 1,000 people, was Families and Youth — debunking the myth that teens hate their parents and parents merely tolerate their teens.

2002-12-01
Youth Today: High School After-School: Oxymoron or Opportunity?

By Karen Pittman, November 2002

The idea of "high school after-school programming" is an oxymoron if one's image of after-school activities involves 11-year-olds munching snacks, getting help with their homework and finding creative outlets for their energy until their parents arrive at 6 p.m.

2002-11-01
Youth Today: A Delicate Balance

By Karen Pittman, October 2002

There is a new mantra on Capitol Hill: scientifically-based research. The term is used more than 100 times in the No Child Left Behind legislation. But...

What exactly is scientifically-based research? Is there enough of it available to really guide policy development and implementation?

2002-10-01
Youth Today: Free-Choice Learning

By Karen Pittman, September 2002

2002-09-01
Youth Today: Journalists, Teach Thy Selves

By Karen Pittman, July 2002

2002-07-01
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.”

2002-06-01
Youth Today: First to Guess, Last to Know

By Karen Pittman, May 2002

There are moments when all your youth work training fails you. I just had one.

My son is one of the most wonderfully bright, witty, head-on-straight people I know. Of my three children, he’s the one I lecture the least. Not surprisingly, he’s the one I talk to the most.

My son is also gay.

2002-05-01