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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.

Youth Today: Reflecting on 10 Years of Reflection

By Karen Pittman, July 2004

70,000. That is roughly the number of words I have written for this column over the past 10 years. It seems appropriate to devote this column to a decade of reflection.

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #7: School's Out: A Look at Summer Learning and Engagement

The word summer brings to mind images of a relaxed, unstructured season – a time markedly different from other seasons of the year. In the United States we have a particularly entrenched notion that summer is different – a notion reflected in popular assumptions about summer as a “break” and reinforced by carefree depictions of summer that abound in popular culture.

Forum Focus: Countering Structural Racism

In this issue, we continue to explore how youth activism can be used as a powerful tool for increasing both personal development and collective engagement around the issues of race and racism.

Maryland: Results for Child Well-Being

Each of Maryland’s eight results for child well-being is a lens focusing our attention on the vision that all children and their families will thrive. From “Babies Born Healthy” to “Children Completing School,” the subcabinet expects to have a positive, meaningful impact on the lives of Maryland’s children and their families.

Arizona: Governor's Youth Commission

The Governor’s Youth Commission (GYC) is intended to be a diverse and representative body of the high school population within the state of Arizona. The GYC consists of forty members composed of sophomores, juniors and seniors from across the state.

Boston, MA: Boston Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor's Youth Council provides Boston's young people with an active role in addressing youth issues. High school juniors and seniors are selected to serve as volunteer representatives of every neighborhood in the city.

Hampton, VA: Hampton Youth Commission

The Hampton Youth Commission is a city funded Commission composed of 24 high school aged youth from all four of the public high schools in Hampton as well as Peninsula Catholic and Hampton Roads Academy. The Hampton Youth Commission represents the ideas and opinions of young people in the city, in order for the youth to have a more formal role in the city's planning and decision making.

Iowa: State of Iowa Youth Action Committee

The State of Iowa Youth Action Committee (SIYAC), is a nonpartisan policy-advisory organization consisting of 15-17 high school students from across the state.

Kentucky: Kentucky Child Now! Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council works with the Kentucky Child Now! Board of Directors and participates in the planning and coordination of youth events and leadership training. Council members also promote community service statewide, are advocates for youth concerns and work to get youth more involved in their communities.