Youth Workers

Blog: Want More Kids to Be Ready? Help them Name and Appreciate the Skills They Already Have

Lots of people are talking about the importance of ensuring that students have social and emotional skills (SEL) needed to be college and career ready.  Too often, however, the focus is on what it takes to teach young people these skills.

Publishing Date: 
August 14, 2017

Surveying Youth Workers

This cross-site conference call was intended for sites interested in surveying youth workers about workforce issues.  The call featured findings from surveys recently conducted in Iowa and Tulsa, OK and included a discussion about using data for planning and advocacy purposes.  
Publishing Date: 
March 2, 2009

Federal Programs & Youth Workers: Opportunities to Strengthen Our Workforce

Policymakers increasingly view youth development and after-school programs as solutions to a host of problems confronting youth, communities and our country overall. Yet, funds for these programs as a whole are scarce and when resources are devoted to training or workforce development, they appear to be included as afterthoughts or minor priorities.

Publishing Date: 
January 30, 2009

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #12: Unpacking Youth Work Practice

The Forum's OST Policy Commentary series is back! In this issue we discuss the implications of recent research led by Bart Hirsch, Reed Larson and Charles Smith. Each study helps deepen our understanding of youth work practice and can inform policy strategies aimed at developing a strong, stable, committed and prepared OST workforce.

Publishing Date: 
June 26, 2008

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.”

Publishing Date: 
June 15, 2005

Putting Youth Work on the Map

Over the past year, two comprehensive studies of youth workers were coordinated by the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition. Together, these two studies, conducted by the Forum for Youth Investment and the National Afterschool Association, capture the voices and perspectives of over 5,000 youth workers from across the country.

Publishing Date: 
November 15, 2006

Youth Today: Youth Development Work

By Karen Pittman, December 2006

Sometimes, I’m just slow. I carried around the results of two work force surveys in my head for weeks before I realized the significance of putting the two of them together.

Publishing Date: 
December 1, 2006