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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...”

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?”

Students Continually Learning: A Report of Presentations, Student Voices and State Actions

The Forum worked with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to integrate principles of youth development and youth engagement into the 1999 CCSSO Summer Institute for state education leaders.

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.