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Powerful Pathways: Framing Options and Opportunities for Vulnerable Youth

This discussion paper of the Youth Transition Funders Group synthesizes "the insights, inspirations and future directions" created over a five-year period "to frame policies and programs directed at our most vulnerable youth."


Youth Today: Quality + Time = Quantity?

By Karen Pittman, October 2001

Gone are the days when anyone believed that all it takes to get a pilot youth program to scale is a favorable evaluation. Going, it seems, are the days when anyone believes that all it takes to keep a program afloat is luck, a good accounting system and some compelling anecdotes. Outcomes-based accountability has brought discipline to some programs but fear to many. Good evaluations do not ensure automatic growth. Bad or even mediocre evaluations, however, may lead to funding cuts.

Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared: Reflections from the International Learning Group on Youth and Community Development

This volume pulls together a range of reflections from members of the International Learning Group (ILG) members, Latin American friends and staff. The bulk of the volume is devoted to the individual and collective essays, interviews, statements and reports written or inspired by the ILG members during and after the Latin American visit.

Youth Development and Community Change: A Guide to Documents and Tools

This guide provides a roadmap through many documents and several years of work on the Community and Youth Development Series that was published with the support of the Ford Foundation in an effort to consolidate answers to basic questions.

Youth Acts, Community Impacts: Stories of Youth Engagement

This document offers eight case studies -- and a number of short profiles -- documenting efforts in the United States and around the world, all connecting the dots between youth action and meaningful community change.

Youth Action: Youth Contributing to Communities, Communities Supporting Youth

This report explores three important trends and their implications: 1) Our understanding of how to best address the problems and needs of youth, 2) there is interest within the field that provides fresh impetus for youth as change agents, and 3) youth are increasingly tackling challenges in their community.

Oregon: College Scholarships for Former Foster Children

Provides college scholarships for former foster children. Appropriates monies from General Fund to Oregon Student Assistance Commission for scholarships.

(HB2431, OR, 2001)

Youth Today: YAA: More Important Than You Think

By Karen Pittman, July 2001

Convinced that the Younger Americans Act (YAA) is the legislative marker that could finally put youth development on the map? You are absolutely right. But are you right for all the right reasons?

Iowa: Department of Management. Governance System and the Accountability Government Act Overview

On June 1, 2001, Governor Tom Vilsack signed the Accountable Government Act (AGA) into law.

Youth Today: Reading Between the Studies

By Karen Pittman, June 2001

“System building is slow...”

“The diversity of the field has all kinds of implications...”

“Only a modest percentage of low-income children participate...”

“Revenues to programs serving low-income children fall short — sometimes far short — of resources needed to maintain even minimal quality programs...”