Karen Pittman

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

The Five Core Elements of Youth-Centered High School Reform

Excerpted from New Directions in School Reform: Youth-Focused Strategies versus Youth-Centered Reform.

Publishing Date: 
July 15, 2005

Blurring the Lines for Learning: Youth and Community centered Responses to the Challenges of High School Reform

Summer is the time to "blur the lines" for learning. As the newest member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Karen Pittman used July to take the Forum's message about the need for strong community learning partnerships on the road.

Publishing Date: 
July 15, 2005

Youth Today: 2006: The Year Quality May Finally Get Counted

By Karen Pittman, January 2006

We all believe that quality counts. Even if Woody Allen is correct in his assertion that “80 percent of success is showing up,” that means that 20 percent of the success of organized efforts to engage young people in school and in after-school programs can be attributed to what happens after they get there.

Publishing Date: 
January 1, 2006

Youth Today: Secret to Success: Deliver Meaning

By Karen Pittman, March 2006

Accomplishment. Beauty. Community. Creation. Duty.

Those are five of the 15 “meanings” identified in a hot new business book about the bottom-line importance of creating meaningful customer experiences.

Publishing Date: 
March 10, 2006

Youth Today: Fighting Child Poverty with Public Leadership

By Karen Pittman, June 2006

The British Government recently made an incredible announcement: It apologized for only managing to reduce child poverty 17 percent over the past five years rather than 25 percent — the progress needed to be on a straight path towards the government’s stated goal of eliminating child poverty by 2020. Officials have promised to redouble their efforts. Sometimes it’s difficult to live on this side of the pond.

Publishing Date: 
June 1, 2006

Youth Today: Race, Class, Culture and Perceived Entitlements

By Karen Pittman, May 2006

Bear with me. I’m trying to make sense of a series of writings spread before me that speak to how race, class and culture combine to influence young people’s opportunities, as well as their perceptions about their rights to opportunities and the proper response when those rights are denied.

Publishing Date: 
May 15, 2006

Youth Today: Ready = Ready = Ready

By Karen Pittman, July 2006

The month of May produced yet another study showing that the skills young people need to be ready for life beyond high school may be the same whether they are headed to college or the work force.

Publishing Date: 
July 15, 2006