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|Youth Today: Out at School||
By Karen Pittman, September 2003
In July, the New York Post broke the news about the city of New York's decision to open Harvey Milk High School, the first accredited school in the country for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth. The Department of Education has run a small alternative program for such youth for two decades, but the $3.2 million renovation budget to create a stand-alone school marks a new level of visibility and commitment.
|Youth Today: Out of the Inbox and Into the Streets||
Column time: I reached for the “recent research” inbox and pulled out five studies – three national surveys, two major evaluations – and started to read, looking for common themes. Good stuff.
|Youth Today: Paint By Numbers||
By Karen Pittman, April 2001
Technology doesn’t always improve lives or even save time. So I’m always delighted to find quiet ways in which technology is making a positive difference.
|Youth Today: Policy, Policy, Policy||
By Karen Pittman, May 2001
I hate receptions and cocktail parties. One reason is that I am basically anti-social. Another is that I hate the inevitable question, “What do you do?,” which seems simple but is difficult to answer. In an effort to steer people away from thinking that I work directly with youth (something I haven’t done for going on 30 years), I often state that I do youth policy research. Then comes the question, “What is youth policy? Does the U.S. have a youth policy or a set of youth policies?”
|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: 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.
|Youth Today: Precision Engineering||
By Karen Pittman, May 2008
Creating sound bites that are not only memorable but communicate a message is a passion of mine. Every now and then I hit one out of the park. “Problem-free isn’t fully prepared” is still in use after more than 15 years. I think “bringing precision to our passion” may be the next one to stick.
|Youth Today: Private Competition, Public Confusion||
By Karen Pittman, July 2000
The staff at the International Youth Foundation-US (now the Forum for Youth Investment) spend a lot of time in meetings — other people’s meetings. Occasionally, these meetings spark distinct emotions. Last month’s meetings left us humbled, angry and embarrassed.
|Youth Today: Promises, Promises.||
By Karen Pittman, July 1997
The President's Summit for America's Future unleashed an unprecedented wave of national commitments, local mobilization, media coverage and individual good will. The question at hand is obvious. Will America's Promise be able to ride that wave to shore? As one who was there before, during and immediately after the Summit, I have this answer: It has to.
|Youth Today: Put Every Child Ahead||
By Karen Pittman, April 2005
In recent weeks, children and youth advocates from across the country have joined forces with anti-poverty activists to oppose Bush’s proposed budget cuts and caps. If enacted, this plan will cripple the country’s capacity to protect and prepare young people today and in the generations that follow. We all need to find ways to bring others into this debate to re-prioritize the nation’s agenda.