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|Forum Flash: August 14, 2008||
The Forum assembled Children's Cabinets and Youth Councils in New Orleans and gave these groups a chance to interact with each other. Also this month, the latest Next Generation Youth Work Coalition Bulletin came out with updates on the work being done to support communications and development for youth workers.
|NCSL Highlights Youth at Annual Meeting||
On July 24 at the New Orleans Convention Center, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) held a session for 150 legislators entitled ‘Investing in Our Future: The Status of America’s Youth’. Panelists included Elizabeth Gaines of the Forum, Senator Appel of Iowa, Representative Roberts of Colorado and Representative Walker of Connecticut.
|Ready by 21®: A Part of Shared Youth Vision||
On July 15, Karen Pittman, facilitated an interactive presentation on the Ready by 21 Challenge at the Shared Youth Vision Pre-Conference.
|4th Annual Children's Cabinets & Councils Roundtable||
The 4th Annual Children’s Cabinets and Councils Roundtable was convened in New Orleans on July 14th coinciding with a whole host of youth policy related events.
|Youth Councils Team Up for the First Time||
On Monday, July 14, the Forum convened the Youth Councils Learning Group in New Orleans, LA, for a pre-conference to the Workforce Innovations conference. This convening marked the first time that the Learning Group met face-to-face where they attended discussions and workshops facilitated by their peers from across the country.
|Forum Flash: July 9, 2008||
The Forum is proud to revive the Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary; the first issue is focused on youth work practice and reivews studies that our broadening our knowledge. Karen Pittman's Youth Today column looks at what young people need to get through school rather than dropping out.
|Youth Today: Wanted: Youth Work Principles in Schools||
By Karen Pittman, July 2008
Seven students recently joined me for breakfast in a windowless conference room in Des Moines to talk about “the high school dropout crisis.” They were experts: Five had dropped out. Another had come very close.
|Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #12: Unpacking Youth Work Practice||
The Forum's OST Policy Commentary series is back! In this issue we discuss the implications of recent research led by Bart Hirsch, Reed Larson and Charles Smith. Each study helps deepen our understanding of youth work practice and can inform policy strategies aimed at developing a strong, stable, committed and prepared OST workforce.
|Forum Flash: June 4, 2008||
The Forum has been working hard with our national partners. in conjunction with America's Promise Alliance, we produced the Dropout Prevention Summit Guide to ensure all stakeholders are included in solving this daunting issue. Karen Pittman and Merita Irby visited the United Way's Community Leaders Conference and the AASA State Leadership Conference respectively.
|Dropout Prevention Summit Planning Guide||
The America’s Promise Alliance is supporting 50 state and at least 50 city Dropout Prevention Summits to be held by 2010. The purposes of the Dropout Prevention Summits are many, but the primary intention is to increase public awareness of the dropout and college-readiness crisis.