Samuel Halperin Lecture & 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) hosted 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

This year we were excited to welcome Dr. Ronald Ferguson, Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as keynote speaker. Dr. Ferguson’s work has focused on economic and community development as well as education and youth development. In 2001, Dr. Ferguson created Tripod, an initiative aimed at working to raise achievement levels and narrowing educational gaps. Tripod has become one of the nation’s leading provider of classroom-level survey assessments for K-12 education, delivering valuable insights about teaching practices, student engagement, and school climate.

View Dr. Ferguson’s Keynote Presentation »

Read the 2018 Halperin Lecture Transcript »

The Award

Santos Amaya Guevara was named this year’s Halperin Youth Award winner. Santos appeared at the lecture to share her winning essay with education and youth policy leaders from the DC area and around the nation. In addition to Santos’s winning essay this year we are pleased to feature two additional essays written by Harrison Rodriguez and I-Ra Abubaker.

Read the 2018 winning essays »

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

For more information, please email

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