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|Youth Today: Affordable, Accessible, Appropriate||
By Karen Pittman, April 1999
Reduced Crime. Averted pregnancies. Improved grades. Reassured parents. Engaged youth. That’s five good reasons to support after-school programming for children and youth. We do not need more research to document what every parent knows: Our youth need caring people to talk to, safe places to go, healthy possibilities to explore. To the extent that we aggressively provide them with these basic supports, we increase the chances that youth stay on the paths that we lay out for them. To the extent that we leave these things to chance, or put the full burden for arranging and paying for these supports on parents, we increase the chances that youth problems will increase and youth preparation will suffer.
|Youth Today: Keep on Tithing||
By Karen Pittman, March 1999
55. 13. 7. A lock combination? A football play? No. These are the birth rates per 1,000 15- to 19-year-olds per the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, brought to us by D.C.-based Advocates for Youth and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Forty public health researchers and two teenage journalists formed a study tour that visited three countries (France was also included) to explore the sociological, cultural and community factors that influence adolescent sexual behaviors.
|Youth Today: An Unbalanced Proposition||
By Karen Pittman, February 1999
President Clinton’s recent proposal to up the funding for 21st Century Schools is probably one of the youth development field’s best wins in a long time. He wants to add $400 million next year for after-school programming, for a total of $600 million. That would help provide an estimated 1 million students with after-school academic and non-academic supports and opportunities. The Youth Development Block Grant Act – which failed to win passage in the 104th Congress – was slotted for $891 million. So why aren’t youth workers cheering?
|Youth Today: Beyond Participation||
By Karen Pittman, January 1999
Power: That’s the newest word in my youth development mantra. Beyond prevention to preparation. Beyond preparation to participation. Beyond participation to power.
|Beyond Prevention: Linking Teenage Pregnancy Prevention to Youth Development||
The basic public health model suggests a three tiered approach to addressing health problems: 1) treat those who have the problem or disease, 2) modify the attitudes and habits of those at risk of contracting the problem, and 3) educate those not yet engaged. The options reflect a logical continuum.
|Arizona: Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement Handbook||
Strategic planning is managing for results. It is a participatory process requiring the full support of the agency director, as well as the involvement of employees at all levels in the agency. Strategic planning considers the needs and expectations of customers, stakeholders and policy makers in defining agency missions, goals, and performance measures.
|Youth Today: Move Over, Greenspan||
By Karen Pittman, November 1998
Bear with me, I want to talk about data — specifically about official indicators and why we must invest time lobbying for their effective development and use.
While there is no shortage of fact books, until recently there has been no official government compilation of indicators. Accordingly, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, had the potential to be momentous. Unfortunately, it was not.
|Youth Today: No Place Like Home?||
By Karen Pittman, October 1998
As with childcare, we may be on the verge of finding the middle-class issue that addresses the increasingly serious problem of youth homelessness and youth home-boundness — young people living at home because they cannot afford otherwise. As the parent of a 23-year-old non-college graduate with learning disabilities whose $8.00 an hour salary simply can’t be stretched to cover transportation food, health plan co-payments and lodging, and a 20-year-old opting to live at home and save for graduate school, I find myself thinking about housing options.
|Youth Today: The Cost of Being Certain||
By Karen Pittman, September 1998
Certainty, not cost, is what undergirds public support for measures that lock teens away for life. And certainty, not cost, is the key to any effort to build sustainable community resources to support youth development.
Cost-effectiveness research is certainly important: Showing the short-term and long-term benefits of investment, the benefits of investing in one strategy over another, the benefits of doing something versus nothing. But in the end it is certainty that is needed.
|California: Educational Options for Children Residing in Licensed Children's Institutions||
This bill would impose a state-mandated local program by requiring every county office of education to make available to agencies that place children in licensed children's institutions information on educational options for children residing in licensed children's institutions within its jurisdiction.