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Washington: Legislative Youth Advisory Council

This youth council was formed to examine issues of importance to youth, such as: education, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, emotional and physical health, foster care, poverty, homelessness, and youth access to services.

Youth Today: Risky Businesses

By Karen Pittman, June 2004

Consider this: In 2001, more young people declared bankruptcy than graduated from college.

Youth Today: Riding on the Coattails of Brown

By Karen Pittman, May 2004

I often look for opportunities to tell people that I received an excellent education from the Washington, DC, public schools. I have long known that my years in the city's public schools contrast sharply with the experiences of most students in the system today. What I didn't know, until recently, was that they were also an anomaly in their own time.

Forum Focus: Youth Act: Community Impact

In July 2002, the Forum merged with Community IMPACT!

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #6: Participation during Out-of-School Time: Taking a Closer Look

This commentary examines the issue of youth participation in out-of-school time programs from two perspectives. It begins broadly and with a youth-centered lens, by asking how children and youth spend their discretionary time and how time use patterns relate to outcomes.

Youth Today: Behind the Teen Pregnancy Drop: Teens

By Karen Pittman, April 2004

"Less sex, more contraception." That's the story behind the continued drop in teenage pregnancy rates. According to the latest data, teen pregnancy rates are at the lowest they've been in two decades.

Youth Today: An Unexpected Gift

By Karen Pittman, March 2004

Forum Focus: High School: The Next Frontier for After-School Advocates?

As the issue of older youth and out-of-school time is gaining new attention across the country in the context of the after-school movement, it is important to remember that there are many programs for teens that operate in the out-of-school hours.

Youth Today: One Man as an Institute for Ideas

By Karen Pittman, February 2004

David Weikart, founder and president emeritus of High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, died on December 9, 2003. Through the magic of cell phones, I learned about his death just as I was preparing to open the Indiana Youth Institute's annual conference.

Virginia: Children at Risk in Education Tax Credit

Provides for a Children at Risk in Education Tax Credit to businesses who make contributions to eligible nonprofit scholarship organizations.

(HB 1036, VA, 2004)