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Youth Today: One More Time: Don’t Pit Preschoolers Against Teens

States are struggling. Children’s lives, too often, are truly in the balance as states and localities decide where to make cuts, often sacrificing long-term investments to achieve short-term cost savings. And a new National League of Cities report, City Fiscal Conditions 2009, suggests that the situation will worsen over the next two years.

2009-10-01
Forum Flash: August 27, 2009

This month in Forum Flash, we are proud to announce that Karen Pittman, the Forum's Co-Founder and CEO, has been named as one of the top 50 CEOs in Power and Influence in the NonProfit Times. Also, check out the latest edition of the Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary on quality improvement systems for youth programs and it's review of the YPQI.

2009-08-28
OSTPC 15 Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #15: Raising the Bar: Quality Improvement Systems for Youth Programs

In this commentary, we compile lessons learned about building quality improvement systems for OST programs, based on emerging research and increasing activity in the field. We also take readers to two places – the state of Michigan and the city of Chicago – where implementation of this model is underway with promising results.

2009-08-26
Forum Flash: July 23, 2009

We've got exciting news this month! We're proud to announce our Ready by 21 Video and Brochure – these are great resources that lay out in a simple way the Ready by 21 Challenge, Approach and Partnership. In the video, hear the story of leaders in Richmond using Ready by 21 to improve their community.

2009-07-23
Forum Flash: June 16, 2009

In this edition of Forum Flash, read Karen's latest Youth Today column that reflects on the similar challenges in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and, if you haven't had a chance to join one, make sure to clear your calendar for the next Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge webinar.

2009-06-17
Youth Today: Taking Risks for Transition-Age Youth

On any given day, scores of young people with limited individual and social capital are simultaneously struggling to exit some systems and enter others: foster care, residential treatment centers, higher education, mental health programs, gainful employment.

2009-06-02
Forum Flash: May 13, 2009

In this month's Forum Flash, there are lots of resources and updates on how to measure the state of your state's or community's child and youth programs.

2009-05-14
Out of School Time Policy Commentary #14: "After School Grows Up: Helping Teens Prepare for the Future"

This commentary takes readers on a cross-country tour of after-school innovation – from northern and southern California to Chicago, New York and New Hampshire. In On the Ground we describe two very different school-based models in California.

2009-04-02
Forum Flash: March 23, 2009

In Karen Pittman's Youth Today column, she reflects on the election that successfully mobilized young people and diverse citizens alike. Karen also worked with other child and youth leaders at the Shaping America's Youth IV Forum that prepared recommendations for President Obama. Also, check out the opening for a Program Manager at the David P.

2009-03-24
Youth Today: a "5 Star" President Who Happens to be Bi-Racial

On January 20, I joined millions of Americans and millions more around the world to watch the inauguration of our 44th president. Bad knees kept me out of the crowd, but I dutifully taped the day for family and friends who went out to be counted. I beamed at the image of the soon-to-be president, head back, eyes closed, breathing in the wonderful music played by Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.

2009-03-02