Retirement Bug Hits Youth Advocacy
In 2011, the field of youth services lost three gargantuan national leaders, all of whom passed too early. There was Peter Benson, a pioneer in positive youth development; David Richart, who helped build the mousetrap for grassroots advocacy; and Peter Goldberg, who built the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities into a trade powerhouse.
A Renewed Push for Community Schools
The State of California was once the nation’s leading investor in community schools. Unfortunately that all changed in the early 2000’s when budget cuts gutted the key state program funding this innovative approach to school reform.
Richard Murphy: Remembering a Youth Work Legend
A great moment in the history of American youth work occurred in 1990 when Richard Murphy changed the mind of his boss, New York City Mayor David Dinkins, on a critical decision about public safety.
Richard Murphy, Youth Development Pioneer, Dies at 68
Richard Murphy, a pioneer in advocating for and developing youth development programs, passed away last week at the age of 68. Murphy died of complications from stomach cancer. Perhaps one of the most connected people in all of youth services, Murphy got his start as a part-time social worker in New York City during the 1960s.