ETG - Karen Pittman (excerpt)

January 04, 2022 00:00:55

Hosted By

Eric Kilbride

Show Notes

During our conversation with Karen Pittman, Senior Advisor Founder of the Forum for Youth Investment, she details what didn't work in the early days of youth development, why and what does.

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Speaker 0 00:00:00 Cost benefit analysis and put it out there and take it out into communities. And people would tell us, I don't care what it costs. I want that kid locked up. So if you've got the mindset that there are kids, there are kids who are making your neighborhood and your kids on safe costs, arguing that it's cheaper, doesn't work. You know, that was in the midnight basketball when, when people were saying, oh, look, if we really put these promoting programs in place, you know, they cost so much less than it will solve the problem. And people did not fundamentally trust that they didn't really trust the idea that the kids, they were most afraid of where the kids who are going to show up in the programs. So that didn't work. What frankly worked was really training the young people to be advocates for themselves. Um, and not in your face advocates, but really savvy.

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