Youth Engagement in Advocacy

Youth Today: Rights and Responsibilities Revisited

By Karen Pittman, February 2003

"Third time's a charm." One of those family sayings I have found to be not only colorful, but equally applicable in child rearing, home repair and public policy analysis. If, in the course of a month or two, the same challenge pops up in three different situations, I take note. In the public policy arena at large, the challenge is how to link ever-growing interest in out-of-school time programs with building interest in youth civic engagement.

Publishing Date: 
February 1, 2003

Youth Today: Still at Risk, but Not at Sea

By Karen Pittman, June 2003

Twenty years ago in April, the National Commission on Excellence in Education gave the country a wake-up call with the release of A Nation at Risk, the report whose warnings about the prevalence of low expectations and low performance in American schools set the stage for today's educational standards movement.

Publishing Date: 
June 1, 2003

Youth Today: Youth Consultants for Change

By Karen Pittman, May 2003

Summer is coming. In communities across the country, nonprofits, schools, faith groups and businesses will offer young people a broad range of structured opportunities. Some of those opportunities will even give young people a chance to contribute.

Publishing Date: 
May 1, 2003

Youth Today: Helping Youth Tell the Truth

By Karen Pittman, September 2004

The truth hurts sometimes, but it shouldn’t hurt the truth tellers. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. Not so for the Tiffany Schley, the valedictorian of a Brooklyn high school who was denied her diploma after using her air time at graduation to tell school officials and parents that she and her peers were graduating in spite of, not because of, the school system.

Publishing Date: 
September 1, 2004

Forum Focus: Countering Structural Racism

In this issue, we continue to explore how youth activism can be used as a powerful tool for increasing both personal development and collective engagement around the issues of race and racism.

Publishing Date: 
July 1, 2004

Motivation for Learning: Youth Voices for Educational Change

This publication features the opinions and experiences of young people, speaking to the topic of school reform and redesign. It is based on panels facilitated in conjunction with the Carnegie Corporation Schools for a New Society Initiative and the Council of Chief State School Officers 1999 Summer Institute.

Publishing Date: 
August 15, 1999