Thaddeus Ferber

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

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