Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award

Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award

Photography By: Ralph

Samuel Halperin, AYPF Founder

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) hosted the third annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award at the Fairmont 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 was Karen Pittman, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment. Ms. Pittman is a recognized leader in youth development, and previously was Director of President Bill Clinton’s Crime Prevention Council, served on the executive team of the International Youth Foundation, and worked with Gen. Colin Powell (Retired)to create America’s Promise. She is currently a member of the YouthBuild USA board and was named one of the 25 most influential leaders in Afterschool by the National Afterschool Association.

Pittman drew on lessons from Halperin and his book, “A Guide to the Powerless – And Those Who Don’t Know Their Own Power” to put youth and their needs at the forefront of our efforts, amplify our messages, and spark action to improve the lives of all young people, particularly opportunity youth.

The Award

This year’s winner, Yasmine Arrington, founded ScholarCHIPS, a scholarship program for students with incarcerated parents as a junior in high school. To date, the organization has raised $100,000 to support nearly 30 students. Arrington is currently a graduate student at Howard University School of Divinity, and read her award-winning essay at the event.

See Karen Pittman’s Presentation

Read Yasmine’s Essay

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


Thank you for the opportunity to take this trip and to meet others who are concerned with these issues.  It is too easy to get stuck in one little corner of the school reform box and forget all the other components. 

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