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|Youth Today: Powerful Pathways Indeed||
By Karen Pittman, April 2002
Vulnerable youth. College access. Career success. Alternative pathways. Alternative credits. Learning supports.
These themes are increasingly the subject of conversations among progressive educators, particularly in groups that combine K–12 reformers with higher education researchers and specialists. This is a world in which we need to move. These are outcomes that youth workers need to claim as their own.
|Oregon: Oregon Progress Board. Linking Performance Measures to Benchmarks in the Budget Process||
This powerpoint presentation by the Oregon Progess Board addresses these questions: Why measure performance? Why Oregon Benchmarks? and What makes a good performance measure? What is required in the budget process?
|Youth Today: Early and Sustained Supports Needed||
By Karen Pittman, March 2002
Early investments have big payoffs. We know this from the High/Scope Perry Preschool Project in Michigan that is often credited for the expansion of Head Start. We know it from a handful of other longitudinal studies — including a recently released 15-year follow-up study of Chicago preschoolers — that tracked youngsters five to ten years after preschool and found big differences in academic performance and risk behaviors.
|Youth Today: Wanted: New Words, New Policies||
By Karen Pittman, February 2002
This just in: “Tween” has been chosen as the 2001 word-of-the-year by Webster’s. Prepubescent 9- to 12-year-olds are enough of a market force that the term coined in 1966 by Harper’s Magazine has now been upgraded from popular slang to official English.
|Steering a Course Toward Effective Youth Policies: Dashboards For Youth||
Based on frameworks advanced by states across America and countries around the world, the Forum for Youth Investment has developed a sample youth policy framework. This framework, builds off of the metaphor of a car dashboard. If one wants to “steer a positive course” for youth, the first thing they will need is a clear vision of the areas of development they wish to promote.
|Unfinished Business: Further Reflections on a Decade of Promoting Youth Development||
This is the paper that got the Forum started when we were still a part of the International Youth Foundation-US. It articulates the vision of youth policies that incorporate youth development principles and operate under a coordinated framework.
|California, San Diego County: San Diego's Children's Budget||
This first Children’s Budget reflects a snapshot in time, using FY 2001–02 funding levels. Since that time, state and federal budget cuts have had a substantial impact on County programs serving children, youth, and families. In some sense, the Children’s Budget represents a “high water mark” for new investments in children’s services.
|Youth Today: An Official Seal of Approval||
By Karen Pittman, December 2001
|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.