Connecting Our Nation’s Youth to Their First Real Job

The Urban Alliance, a wonderful organization is a finalist for the RaisingJobs Challenge on the Huffington Post. The CEO & President asked me to write a blog piece about their great work and youth employment. Here it is: There are certain things in life you never forget: your favorite pet’s name, your first kiss, and…

Here’s Hoping in 2013!

These are tough times for many of our youth and families. It was tough before the economy staggered. It continues to be tough while the economy sputters and safety net organizations that support our young people struggle to maintain services. To add to the challenges, the tragedy in Newtown reminds us all too painfully that…

What About Poor Youth?

Thoughts on Youth and Poverty: Stories Behind the Statistics During election season, I was struck by all the discussion about lifting up the middle class. I agree: America’s middle class is struggling, and many risk falling into poverty. What about those already living in poverty? No one talked about the needs of the poor. And…

CAPITAL KIDS Report Requires a Regional Response

Capital Kids: Shared Responsibility, Shared Future; the State of Children and Youth in the National Capital Region has just been released. This report, which may be the first of its kind, was commissioned by Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) with funding support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Capital One Bank, Freddie Mac, Meyer Foundation, Fairfax…

Pathways to Success: Supporting Young People in Low Income Communities

There are many young people in the United States today experiencing complex and challenging issues in their lives. A community of youth and young adults, 16-24 years old, unemployed and not in school with no hope for their future and no vision for their successful transitional to young adulthood. Many of these youth live in…

How Do We Keep the Promise of America Alive?

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “The defining issue of our time is how to keep the basic promise of America alive.” My mind tweaks his comment: What can I do to keep the promise of America alive for children and youth who walk through LAYC’s doors? Every day I…