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) will host 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 will be 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 will draw 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.

Event Details:

8:00am – 9:00am – Continental Breakfast Available
9:00am – 10:30am – Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award

Fairmont Hotel
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

See Resources From the 2016 Lecture and Award Ceremony

The award aims to encourage young people (age 18 to 24) to make a commitment to public service in their life and to showcase programs that have helped disadvantaged youth succeed. The award recognizes a youth who demonstrates Halperin’s spirit of and commitment to public service. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and an opportunity to read his or her essay at the Halperin Lecture.

VIDEO: Ebony Rempson, 2016 Halperin Youth Public Service Award winnner

Ebony Rempson’s Essay

Michele Cahill Lecture Transcript

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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