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All Youth, One Set of Goals

In January 2003, the Forum for Youth Investment, in collaboration with the Kellogg and the W.T. Grant foundations, made a series of recommendations to the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth (launched in December 2002).

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #2: High School After-School: What Is It? What Might It Be? Why Is It Important?

High school is becoming the next frontier for after-school advocates. The conceptual and practical leaps from programming for elementary and middle school students to high school students are significant, and the marketing challenges are huge.

Preventing Problems, Promoting Development, Encouraging Engagement: Competing Priorities or Inseparable Goals?

This paper summarizes several major shifts that have occurred in the past 15 to 20 years in what researchers, policy makers and practitioners think about what young people need, what they get and where they get it.

Youth Today: Politics + Science = Science Fiction

By Karen Pittman, March 2003

The Bush administration unveiled its request last month to cut funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLC) program by 40 percent for fiscal 2004. This is not good news. But it is not surprising.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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