Thaddeus Ferber

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

Preventing Problems, Promoting Development, Encouraging Engagement: Competing Priorities or Inseparable Goals?

This paper summarizes several major shifts that have occurred in the past 15 to 20 years in what researchers, policy makers and practitioners think about what young people need, what they get and where they get it.

Publishing Date: 
March 1, 2003

Unfinished Business: Further Reflections on a Decade of Promoting Youth Development

This is the paper that got the Forum started when we were still a part of the International Youth Foundation-US. It articulates the vision of youth policies that incorporate youth development principles and operate under a coordinated framework.

Publishing Date: 
January 1, 2002