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Karen Pittman

Youth Today: Building an Alliance Building

By Karen Pittman, May 1999

It’s May — an important time for America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. Its second Report to the Nation is due. Questions abound as the organization enters its third year, especially since it repealed its own sunset law in order to keep the doors open past 2000. Is there real promise to America’s Promise? Can it forge a real alliance for youth?

Publishing Date: 
May 1, 1999

Youth Today: The 8 R's: Building Community Within Schools

By Karen Pittman, June 1999

“Shoelace monitor.” This is the new job that a group of four-year-olds asked their teacher to post so they could apply. Their logic: Lots of kids still can’t tie their shoes well. The teacher spends time tying shoes, straining her back and cutting into playground time. The solution: Certify lace tie-ers to help.

Publishing Date: 
June 1, 1999

Youth Today: Tipping Toward Youth Development

By Karen Pittman, July 1999

A National Campaign to Reduce Youth Violence? Having once headed the now defunct President’s Crime Prevention Council, I was chagrined to see President Clinton propose another campaign in the midst of the youth violence debate.

Publishing Date: 
July 1, 1999

Youth Today: The Power of Engagement

By Karen Pittman, September 1999

“Problem-free isn’t fully prepared.” I coined this phrase more than a decade ago to explain quickly to diverse audiences the fundamental difference between the goals of prevention and preparation, and the practices of working from strengths rather than addressing deficits. It stuck. I have threatened to have bumper stickers made, but haven’t.

Publishing Date: 
September 1, 1999

Youth Today: Small is Essential

By Karen Pittman, October 1999

Construction of a new 5,000-student high school in Los Angeles was halted last month because someone discovered that is was being built on a toxic site. Because of land scarcity, it turns out that this is a problem in big cities across the country.

Publishing Date: 
October 1, 1999

Youth Today: Youth Engagement

By Karen Pittman, November 1999

Youth participation for youth development. Youth participation for community change. Different goals with different strategies, maybe even different proponents and results. This is a critical distinction that I, for one, have been slow to grasp. A data-inspired exercise helped me understand the importance of this distinction.

Publishing Date: 
November 1, 1999

Youth Today: Keeping our Eyes on the Prize

By Karen Pittman, February 2000

The new millennium is upon us. Reflection is required. What have we accomplished over the past few decades? We have pushed the public goals for all youth from problem-management to problem-prevention to promoting development (meaning problem-free and fully prepared). We are moving more forcefully the idea that fully prepared is not enough — that young people must be fully participating. We’ve strengthened our links with the goals and strategies of our “sister” fields — early childhood development, community development, economic development and family development. Most would agree that the changes in the last 40 years of youth policy and practice have been positive and significant.

Publishing Date: 
February 1, 2000

Youth Today: The Importance of Family

By Karen Pittman, March 2000

My mom died in early February. The death of a parent is cause for much reflection. In my case, this reflection has reaffirmed the importance of family — an institution that we in youth work are often accused of slighting, if not intentionally sidestepping.

Publishing Date: 
March 1, 2000