Youth and Family Engagement
By Karen Pittman, May 2003
Summer is coming. In communities across the country, nonprofits, schools, faith groups and businesses will offer young people a broad range of structured opportunities. Some of those opportunities will even give young people a chance to contribute.
By Karen Pittman, September 2004
The truth hurts sometimes, but it shouldn’t hurt the truth tellers. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. Not so for the Tiffany Schley, the valedictorian of a Brooklyn high school who was denied her diploma after using her air time at graduation to tell school officials and parents that she and her peers were graduating in spite of, not because of, the school system.
Youth Community Mobilizers Share Strategies and Advice about Building Capacity in Under-Resourced Communities
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.
This Webinar, held on December 3rd, 2007, offered an opportunity to hear firsthand about how youth from across the country are successfully engaging with policymakers in formal bodies called youth councils. The Forum also discussed the key principles of creating an effective youth council, which are outlined in the paper Building Effective Youth Councils.
In order to authentically engage young people in the high school reform process youth need clear opportunities to share responsibility for their own learning and for school and community reform processes, and to connect how and what they learn in school with what they do at home and in the community.