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|Missouri: Citizens for Missouri's Children: Missouri's Youth Development Policy Handbook||
The Youth Development Policy Handbook grew out of the absence of coordinated, comprehensive, data-driven youth policy in Missouri. In the past there have been attempts at the state level to coordinate services around a particular “hot” issue relating to youth such as teen pregnancy, violence or substance abuse.
|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.
|New Directions in School Reform: Youth-Focused Strategies versus Youth-Centered Reform||
Many of the reform strategies currently shaping the nation's high schools incorporate strategies to increase youth voice, choice, challenge and connection to school and community.
|Bringing Principles into Policies: Taking the Youth Development Movement to the Statehouse||
The challenge for the 1990s was to get youth development principles adopted into the mainstream discussions of what young people need, do and offer. The challenge for the next decade is to get these ideas embedded in public policy — not as new pieces of legislation, but as lenses and frames that guide policy analysis, prioritization and decision making.
|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.
|Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #1: Out-of-School Research Meets After-School Policy||
The past five years have seen a ground swell in public attention and public policy aimed at increasing the availability of after-school programs for children and young teens during the "risk" hours when safety, supervision and homework are of top concern.
|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?
|Promoting Positive Youth Development as a Support to Academic Achievement: After-School for All||
This white paper, by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) in association with the Forum for Youth Investment, investigates how after-school programs can most effectively promote positive youth development as a support to academic achievement.
|Youth Today: Free-Choice Learning||
By Karen Pittman, September 2002
|Ready by 21® Indicators: Initial Recommendations to Maryland||
Across the country, states are working to develop indicators that present a full picture of the lives of young people, monitoring both problems they hope to help young people avoid, and positive strengths they hope to help young people build.