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Youth Today: Rights and Responsibilities Revisited

By Karen Pittman, February 2003

"Third time's a charm." One of those family sayings I have found to be not only colorful, but equally applicable in child rearing, home repair and public policy analysis. If, in the course of a month or two, the same challenge pops up in three different situations, I take note. In the public policy arena at large, the challenge is how to link ever-growing interest in out-of-school time programs with building interest in youth civic engagement.

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

Recognizing the critical role of community-level change in moving an out-of-school agenda, the Forum began the GRASP Project — Greater Resources for After-School Programming — with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Off the Shelf and Into the Field: Making the Most of the National Research Council's New Report

Community Programs to Promote Youth Development, a report from the National Research Council, validates and places an important seal of approval on what many youth advocates have been saying and doing for a long time, and distills important themes that have emerged from research over the last decade.

South Carolina: Young Adults in South Carolina - A Comprehensive Report on the Lives of South Carolinians 18-29

The young adults report focuses on the challenges and problems of persons ages 18–29 who have difficulties in the transition to independence. Necessarily, public policy must address the dilemmas of society, many of which are experienced by young adults.

California: San Francisco Department of Children Youth and Families: Children's Services Allocation Plan

This report aims to accomplish the following: Describe the public sources of funding of children’s services in San Francisco; determine how DCYF should invest the Children’s Fund’s to achieve; measurable outcomes or results, and outline the investment strategy that will be used to achieve those results; identify and educate the community about the city’s current investment in children’s service

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.