Thaddeus Ferber

ROI for Reconnecting Opportunity Youth in Each Congressional District

Providing federal funding for opportunity youth (16-24 year olds who are not in school and can’t find a job) is not just the right thing to do; it is also good for each district's bottom line.

Publishing Date: 
March 28, 2017

Transforming Government, Transforming Communities

Publishing Date: 
April 15, 2016

Disconnected Data Means Disconnected Youth

Fragmented data systems result in wasted resources; we are letting young people fall through
the cracks. if we don’t provide our policy makers the information they need to see how fragmented programs and policies could fit together, and if we don’t provide our direct service providers the in-

Publishing Date: 
January 4, 2010

Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Series: Overview & Rationale

The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Guide helps policymakers ensure that new child and youth policies align with existing efforts to create a seamless system of supports.

Publishing Date: 
October 19, 2010

Congressman Yarmuth Calls for Creation of White House Office on Children and Youth

The Forum is delighted that Congressman Yarmuth sent a letter to President Obama days after he took office calling for him to issue an executive order that would create a White House Office on Children and Youth.  This reinforces the message sent to President Obama by the Forum and more than 300 leading child and youth organizations.  Learn more at

February 5, 2009

Ready by 21® Indicators: Initial Recommendations to Maryland

Across the country, states are working to develop indicators that present a full picture of the lives of young people, monitoring both problems they hope to help young people avoid, and positive strengths they hope to help young people build.

Publishing Date: 
August 15, 2002

Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making

The guide is designed to help states and localities create or strengthen their own youth councils. It is a synthesis of theory and practice that provides a general framework for thinking about youth councils, explaining the principles for youth action and the importance of youth engagement.

Publishing Date: 
July 15, 2007

State Youth Policy: Helping All Youth to Grow Up Fully Prepared and Fully Engaged

While states have put in place scores of youth polices, no state can claim to have a single, coherent youth policy that serves as a lens for assessing and planning individual policies. However, across the countries, states are working to develop more coordinated approaches to youth policy.

Publishing Date: 
June 1, 2002