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Blogs by Forum staff and by leaders around the country about getting young people ready for college, work and life.

Changing the Odds for Youth: Creating Opportunities that Really Matter

Karen Pittman
Monday, May 1, 2017

I don’t want to go to any more celebrations in which young people are given “beat the odds” awards to acknowledge the individual commitment they have made to overcome obstacles.  This is not because these young people don’t deserve our attention and awe.  They absolutely do.  It’s because we should not in any way settle for individual successes when there is so much more we could have done to ameliorate mass struggles.

Changing the Odds for Youth, by Design.

Karen Pittman
Thursday, April 21, 2016

You know you’ve struck a chord when the diagram hurriedly sketched to summarize the new research on readiness is still up on the client’s conference room wall when you return a month later.  You think you’re in heaven when the staff, without prompting, are not only using the language and ideas but have voluntarily downloaded and reviewed the research summaries and tools and are ready to talk about infusion strategies.

Taking Bold Action to Fund What Matters: Communities Raise Revenue to Support Youth

Elizabeth Gaines
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

In his latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, Harvard professor Robert Putnam describes with great clarity the starkly different experiences of kids living in the same community.  Higher-income families are outspending lower-income families nine to one on enrichment opportunities (Source: Sabino Kornrich and Frank Furstenburg, Investing in Children: Changes in Parental Spending on Children 1972-2007.)