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June 13, 2011
Youth Development Insight: A blog of resources
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development has launched Youth Development Insight, a blog in which our state faculty and educators share their ...
June 13, 2011
Beyond the Law: What Works to Curb Homophobic Bullying?
As bullying-related suicides and violence grab national headlines, Washington, DC, is considering an anti-bullying law, following in the footsteps of 45 other states ...
June 10, 2011
Mayoral Summits on Afterschool to be Held in 9 States
As Congress considers reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, local officials across the country are stressing the need for before and afterschool ...
May 31, 2011
Mentoring as Part of a Larger Strategy
Dan Bassil, a longtime leader of tutoring and mentoring programs in Chicago, reflects on approaching tutoring as a long-time process to engage at-risk youth, and ...
May 27, 2011
Just Where's the Cure for the Summer Time Blues?
This summer, the Center for Labor Market Studies anticipates that only one in four teens between 16 and 19 will have employment. This means about 12 million of the ...
May 25, 2011
If Millennials Ruled ... the Budget
The Millennial generation is "stealing back the narrative" about what we need to solve the debt crisis and leave a strong, thriving country to our children and ...
May 20, 2011
The Two Sides of Youth Engagement
Youth leader Alex Wirth reflects on his experiences - good and bad - with youth engagement initiatives.
May 19, 2011
Video: Karen Pittman on Positive Youth Development and Teens in the Juvenile Justice System
Karen Pittman, the co-founder and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment (which manages SparkAction), gave the keynote address at the Reclaiming Futures biennial ...
May 18, 2011
VIDEO: Can Quality Physical Education Help Solve the Obesity Epidemic?
One in three kids in America is overweight or obese. This video by SPARK (no affiliation with us) focuses on one of the solutions - getting kids moving in school - ...
May 11, 2011
More about the Catherine Ferguson Academy
In response to Rachel Maddow's coverage of the Catherine Ferguson Academy, a high school in Detroit for young mothers and pregnant girls that is in danger of being ...
May 3, 2011
Federal Budget Under Wraps, But Troubling Indications of Cuts to Afterschool
The Afterschool Alliance reports that many details about the FY2011 budget agreement have not yet been released, but as these details become public, there are ...
April 14, 2011
Afterschool for All Challenge to convene afterschool leaders and youth in D.C. May 16-17
Every year, the Afterschool for All Challenge convenes afterschool leaders and youth from more than 100 communities across the nation for a two-day series of ...
April 4, 2011
Adolescents: What's the Difference Between Assessing "Risk" and "Need"?
Evan Elkin of the Vera Institute of Justice talks about why the difference is important - you can learn even more by viewing slides from and listening to the ...
March 23, 2011
Republican-controlled Legislature wages war on children
Arizona gets hit hard by children-focused programs in the Legislature.
March 14, 2011
Youth-led organization opens a safe haven for young people in Baltimore
Young people across the nation can find inspiration in peer-led organizations making a difference in their communities today. One impactful group, the Youth Dreamers, ...
February 21, 2011
Mixed Report Card for Education Stimulus After 2 Years
EdWeek’s report on the impact of the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act finds that the $100 billion in recovery aid saved jobs and spurred state policy ...
February 21, 2011
House Cuts Could Hurt Kids
First Focus lists programs cut or eliminated in the budget proposal for the rest of FY2011, approved by the House on February 19.
February 21, 2011
Money For Mentors: Portland Program Sees Success
Fifteen million troubled kids who need a mentor don't have one, according to The Mentoring Group, which links troubled kids with responsible adults. In Portland, ...
February 9, 2011
Follow Up for Ask Secretary Duncan
Voting for top questions to US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is now closed. To continue taking action, please visit the SparkAction Action Center and our ...
February 2, 2011
"Engaging Youth In Community Change" from the REACH Youth Program
The Sierra Health Foundation's evaluation of their REACH Youth Program, an initiative to promote the healthy development of young people in the Greater Sacramento ...
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