January 11, 2011Produced by:
The Forum for Youth Investment
If we don't make significant changes in how we guide many youths to careers, their recession might be permanent. A new study suggests some paths but for now at least, they remain "roads less taken." Patrick Boyle takes a look.
December 8, 2010Produced by:
Wall Streeters can spend their bonuses on whatever they want, but not while our children go hungry. Writer Allison Silberberg on the tax cut compromise, Wall Street bonuses and the Child Nutrition fight. Together they tell a story we may not want to hear.
July 29, 2010Produced by:
Are we as a nation spending less on programs to benefit children and youth than in the past? To answer that question, we first need to know how much federal spending goes to children and youth. On July 14, 2010, First Focus held a Children’s Budget Summit to inform and galvanize advocates, policymakers, the media and the public. Missed the event?
June 11, 2009
The Witness to Hunger program armed 40 mothers with video cameras and set them out to document their lives and what it takes to feed a family in tight times. "These women are the experts on what it's like to deal with the consequences of what our lawmakers decide," says the program's creator Mariana Chilton. On June 2, 2009, these experts shared their stories on Capitol Hill.
April 9, 2007
A new federal study has found that volunteering produces many positive benefits for teens from low-income backgrounds - they become empowered, are more likely to volunteer and become politically engaged, and believe they will graduate from college and make a difference in their communities.
May 16, 2005
Writers in the Schools
I will never look at my Saturday afternoons in quite the same way. This winter my previously immovable soccer-watching mania was usurped by classes in a tiny recreational hall in a housing estate in southwest Houston.
January 1, 2000Produced by:
Corporation for National & Community Service
The nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering, the Corporation sponsors AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and Senior Corps to help people of of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.
February 7, 1999Produced by:
Youth programs in our country really do work, according to two short reports by the American Youth Policy Forum. But how do we shape policy and programs to build a better tomorrow? Some Things Do Make a Difference For Youth: A Compendium of Evaluations of Youth Programs profiles forty-nine youth intervention programs and identifies the characteristics that make them work.
February 26, 1992
New York Times
Once Intermediate School 218 opens in Washington Heights on Monday, it will hardly ever close.
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Exiting poverty is not as simple as gaining economic traction. Overlapping needs can reinforce one another to bind the web of poverty ever tighter. The good news is that research on assessment practices in child welfare, juvenile justice, and adult recidivism can yield critical lessons for poverty fighters hoping to address the many ways that poverty affects people’s lives.