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|Youth Today: The Problem that Won't Go Away||
By Karen Pittman, May/June 1996
It’s back. Henry Foster’s appointment as unpaid advisor to the Clinton-backed National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy ensures that pregnancy is, once again, a national topic. Should it be? Yes. But will this round of attention have lasting impact on the problem? The reality quotient — the relationship between proposed solutions and basic facts — remains depressingly low.
|Youth Today: They Won’t Stay Outside Forever: Black Young Men and Unemployment||
On Saturday, Jan. 30, Washington, D.C., got its second snowstorm in six weeks. Not nearly as big as the first (only 4 to 5 inches) – but big enough that school openings were delayed the next Monday.
|Youth Today: Those Determined to Teach Do Youth Work||
By Karen Pittman, June 2005
More than fifteen years ago, I began using a twist on an old saying as a way to get discussions started about the status of youth work and youth workers in the United States. We all understand the disrespect shown to teachers and students in the adage: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” Needing to communicate my message quickly, I added a third phrase: “Those who can’t teach do youth work.”
|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.
|Youth Today: Tipping Toward Youth Development||
By Karen Pittman, July 1999
A National Campaign to Reduce Youth Violence? Having once headed the now defunct President’s Crime Prevention Council, I was chagrined to see President Clinton propose another campaign in the midst of the youth violence debate.
|Youth Today: Truth in Labeling||
By Karen Pittman, July/August 1994
|Youth Today: Underserved and Undeserved||
By Karen Pittman, December 2004
My computer’s spell check function automatically changes “underserved” to “undeserved.” I learned this the hard way when I had to send a publication back to press to correct the mistake that appeared more than a dozen times, including a section head. As I watched hip hop get out the vote videos the day before the election, I realized that, in the minds of many youth — urban and rural — underserved has been interpreted as undeserved.
|Youth Today: Wanted -- Bipartisan Leadership||
By Karen Pittman, November 2005
I thought nothing could be more sobering than the photos and stories that continue to pour forth from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. That was before I sat through the powerful plenary session on the future of children and family policy at the recent annual conference of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families.
|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.
|Youth Today: Wanted: Really Good Teachers||
“It’s all about the talent.” This is the conclusion that Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other education reformers have come to after years of focusing on everything from class size to charter schools.
In this article, Pittman looks at what defines a teacher.