President’s Remarks: Moving Ideas to Impact to Change the Odds for Youth

Reflecting on her life as a teen growing up in the low-income neighborhoods of Washington, DC, Karen Pittman spells out why she is determined to have the Forum meet its goal of challenging national partners and state and local change makers to ensure that every young person is Ready by 21®. Pittman charts the Forum’s course over the next five years in her remarks and describes what she believes is the biggest challenge facing communities — not more programs, or even more funding, but fundamental changes in the way they DO change that allow for long-term “capacity to sustain the Big Ticket, Big Tent changes needed to sustain Big Picture improvements in opportunities and outcomes for children and youth.”