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Karen Pittman Delivers Samuel Halperin Lecture

February 10, 2017

On April 26, 2017, The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) hosted the third annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award in Washington, D.C.

The keynote was the Forum's Karen Pittman. The lecture and youth award serve as an ongoing tribute to Samuel Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes

On Tuesday, a Down-Ballot Win for Kids

November 10, 2016

As the nation focuses on the new presidential administration, a small but potentially transformative trend is emerging in choices down the ballot: Voters were asked to support the children in their community with new tax revenue and they overwhelmingly agreed. 

Karen Pittman Reflects on Positive Youth Development and STEM

August 11, 2016

Youth development professionals come from many backgrounds and work in a variety of settings. Due to this diversity, it’s essential to ensure there’s a basic understanding of positive youth development among those working in the field.

In a @Click2Science blog post, “Planting the Seed that makes ‘STEM’ Grow,” Karen Pittman discusses the importance of PYD in STEM and resources to improve PYD skills.

Corralling Collaborations

September 12, 2014

“In any given week, you could go to three meetings and hear the same report three times.” “Too many people are coming to us with too many asks.” These are some of the recurring sentiments that prompted the leaders of collective impact initiatives in Northern Kentucky to ask, “What would it look like if we realigned?”

A Special Report about Collective Impact

September 2, 2014

Anyone working on collective impact strategies for children and youth should review this issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review – the journal that helped to launch the collective impact movement. A special supplement, Collective Insights on Collective Impact, offers nine articles from leading practitioners, funders, and thought leaders in the collective impact field, curated and funded by the Collective Impact Forum.

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important