Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award

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Samuel Halperin, AYPF Founder

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 , The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) will host the fourth annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The lecture and youth award serves as an ongoing tribute to our founder, Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes. Sam also helped to personally mentor many youth and young adults in their careers in public service, and through this award, we hope to honor and continue his work.

The Lecture

The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Ronald Ferguson, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has been on the faculty since 1983, after full time appointments at Brandeis and Brown Universities. During the 1980s and ‘90s Dr. Ferguson focused much his attention on economic and community development. That work culminated in the social science synthesis volume Urban Problems and Community Development (1999), which remains an important text in graduate policy courses.

As the Achievement Gap Initiative Director (AGI), Dr. Ferguson is currently working on an initiative entitled the Boston Basics. The program takes a socio-ecological saturation approach, collaborating with many partners to reach extended families with caregiving advice for infants and toddlers. Additionally, Dr. Ferguson is co-authoring a book with journalist Tatsha Robertson on the ways that highly successful people were parented. He holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a PhD from MIT, both in economics.

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The Award

Since 2015, The Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award has recognized young people who demonstrate the spirit of and commitment to public service and who have faced barriers and challenges to success but overcome them. The winner of the 2019 award will appear at the lecture and share his/her essay with education and youth policy leaders from the DC area and around the nation.

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Your Support Needed

We need your ongoing support for the Lecture and Award and to continue to reach policymakers with information about policies that support youth on their pathway to economic self-sufficiency and civic engagement.

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You can also donate to the fund via check. Please send donations to:
American Youth Policy Forum
1200 18th Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20036

*Please indicate on the check that you’d like the donation to fund the “Samuel Halperin Lecture and Award.”

AYPF would like to thank the award’s funders for their generous contributions:

Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Ford Foundation
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The William T. Grant Foundation
The Halperin Family
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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