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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)

Close to Home: Rooting Learning in Community

Students in rural Maine turn an abandoned wastewater treatment plant into a state-of-the-art aquaculture facility, conducting serious scientific research and incubating businesses to revive an ailing local economy.

Moving an Out-of-School Agenda: Lessons and Challenges Across Cities Common Ground Excerpt

What are the common tasks facing cities committed to saturating their city with high quality out-of-school opportunities, available to every young person? While no list is definitive or complete, we identify ten critical tasks.

Youth Today: Creating Character-Rich Communities

By Karen Pittman, December 2003

I'll admit it: I've got mixed feelings about character education classes — emphasis on "classes." My gut instinct, first as a parent, then as a youth worker, is that these kinds of lessons are best learned when they're embedded in other learning experiences and reinforced in life, particularly when the recipients are teens.

Beyond Indicators: From Risk Assessment to Practical Strategies for Promoting Adolescent Health and Well-Being

Public health professionals and clinical program directors increasingly need well-defined, measurable, population-based health indicators in order to develop, manage and evaluate physical and mental health programs for adolescents.

California: Solano County Children's Network: Children's Budget

The Solano County Children’s Budget is a functional budget that tracks how fiscal resources are allocated for children’s services in Solano County.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth - Children: Oklahoma's Investment in Tomorrow

Children: Oklahoma's Investment in Tomorrow 2003 identifies actual state and federal expenditures for Oklahoma children and youth programs for fiscal years (FY) 2000 through FY 2002, current budgets for FY 2003 and budget request for FY 2004.