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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: All Planning, No Programming

By Karen Pittman, March/April 1996

Youth Today: Aging Out or Aging In?

By Karen Pittman, January/February 1996

Youth Today: A Realist’s View of Child Poverty

By Karen Pittman, November/December 1995

Youth Today: Where's the Market?

By Karen Pittman, September/October 1995

Youth Today: Maybe It Is Rocket Science

By Karen Pittman, July/August 1995

Youth Today: Rebuilding Community Block by Block

By Karen Pittman, May/June 1995

Neighbors. Everyone over 40 tells the story of how if they did something wrong two blocks away, their parents knew about it before they got home. There is widespread agreement that those days are gone. Neighbors have either gone to work, moved to the suburbs, or been silenced by fear of youth violence and parental indifference.

There were no neighbors present in the Fredricksburg, Virginia, convenience store on April 17th when six customers watched a 17-year-old brutally beat a clerk to the floor. No one stopped the teen, no one called the police, no one helped the bloodied clerk. The concept of neighbors seems to be in danger of extinction.

Youth Today: Changing the Odds

By Karen Pittman, March/April 1995

Youth Today: Hazardous Waste

By Karen Pittman, January/February 1995

Youth Today: Strength in Unity

By Karen Pittman, November/December 1994