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Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #8: Out-of-School Time and Civic Engagement

The non-school hours, often framed as periods of risk, idleness or remediation, in fact constitute a powerful opportunity for civic renewal, engagement and change. This commentary describes how out-of-school time programs make ideal contexts for nurturing civic engagement, exploring the issue from the practice, research and policy perspectives.

Youth Today: Evaluation: Risk Or Responsibility?

By Karen Pittman, October 2004

The July/August issue of Youth Today featured not one, but two lengthy stories on evaluation. The first, sharing the front page with a horrific story of fatal neglect within a juvenile justice facility, detailed the fallout after a recent evaluation of the Court Appointed Special Advocate program (CASA). The second, a less controversial report on the results of a multifaceted evaluation of YouthBuild, ran inside.

Creating "Good" Schools: Observation and Discussion Tool

This tool was created in order to help young people and adults develop a common language for talking about how to improve schools. The tool provides educators, young people, administrators, policy makers, parents, community members and other stake holders with a common lens for reflecting on their schools and for planning change.

Youth Action for Educational Change: A Resource Guide

An annotated resource guide about Youth Action for Educational Change.

Forum Focus: Education Pipeline

While the nation’s public systems continue to fall short of delivering equitable educational supports to children and youth, youth workers have spent the last several decades insulating and, in some cases, patching the leaks in the “education pipeline”– a term describing the route students follow from early childhood through post-secondary education.

Youth Today: Helping Youth Tell the Truth

By Karen Pittman, September 2004

The truth hurts sometimes, but it shouldn’t hurt the truth tellers. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. Not so for the Tiffany Schley, the valedictorian of a Brooklyn high school who was denied her diploma after using her air time at graduation to tell school officials and parents that she and her peers were graduating in spite of, not because of, the school system.

A Governor's Guide to Children's Cabinets

At least 16 states currently have Children's Cabinets, and all indications suggest that many others are likely to follow.

Colorado: Concerning Policies to Increase the Inclusion of Nutritious Choices in School Vending Machines

It is the intent of the general assembly that school districts work with contractors to increase over time the nutritional value of foods offered to students in school vending machines and to phase in higher nutritional standards as vendor contracts are renewed.

Indiana: The KIDS COUNT in Indiana 2004 Data Book: County Profiles of Child Well-Being

The eleventh in the series, the KIDS COUNT in Indiana 2004 Data Book is an important tool for planning and action by community leaders, policy makers, youth workers, advocates, and others working to improve the lives of Indiana’s children.

Kentucky: Jefferson County Public School Data Tracking System

A few years ago, several Louisville entities, including city departments like the Greater Louisville Metro Parks Department and community groups like the Louisville Urban League, started collaborating to develop a data warehouse of information about the quality of living in Louisville. This warehouse was merged with individualized information about students in the Jefferson County school district and then linked with the tracking systems of several after-school programs (at the schools and other organizations) in an effort to obtain a comprehensive picture of the lives of the county’s youth.