School-Community Connections

Transforming Government, Transforming Communities

Publishing Date: 
April 15, 2016

Southeast Communities Working to Improve Quality in Youth Programming

The Ready by 21 National Partnership is sponsoring the Quality Improvement & Asset Building Challenge Grants (Q&A Challenge) in three southeast communities: Wicomico County, MD; Asheville, NC; and Ft.

Publishing Date: 
January 5, 2011

AASA and the Forum: Collaborating with Superintendents

In December of 2007, the Forum and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) co-hosted a three-day forum for state superintendents to discuss collaboration on extended learning opportunities, among other topics. Attached is the presentation given by Marc Levy, President of United Way of Greater Dayton at the forum.

Publishing Date: 
February 13, 2008

Youth Today: Politics + Science = Science Fiction

By Karen Pittman, March 2003

The Bush administration unveiled its request last month to cut funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLC) program by 40 percent for fiscal 2004. This is not good news. But it is not surprising.

Publishing Date: 
March 1, 2003

Youth Today: Creating Character-Rich Communities

By Karen Pittman, December 2003

I'll admit it: I've got mixed feelings about character education classes — emphasis on "classes." My gut instinct, first as a parent, then as a youth worker, is that these kinds of lessons are best learned when they're embedded in other learning experiences and reinforced in life, particularly when the recipients are teens.

Publishing Date: 
December 15, 2003

Youth Today: Those Determined to Teach Do Youth Work

By Karen Pittman, June 2005

More than fifteen years ago, I began using a twist on an old saying as a way to get discussions started about the status of youth work and youth workers in the United States. We all understand the disrespect shown to teachers and students in the adage: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” Needing to communicate my message quickly, I added a third phrase: “Those who can’t teach do youth work.”

Publishing Date: 
June 15, 2005