AYPF and IEL Team Up for the 2017 Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, AYPF teamed up with the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) to host the annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service 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.

This year’s lecture was delivered by Karen Pittman, the President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment (FYI). Pittman discussed some of the challenges facing education and youth policy stakeholders, particularly in communicating with policymakers, communities, and schools to help improve youth outcomes. “Now, more than ever, if we’re going to change the odds for youth, we’re going to need to get clear about what we really want,” said Pittman.

Referring to lessons from Halperin’s “Guide for the Powerless and Those Who Don’t Know Their Own Power,” Pittman challenged the audience “to know what we want, and be prepared to talk about it in clear, straightforward language. And we have to go in absolutely believing that children and youth are a bi-partisan issue.”

Read Yasmine’s Essay

See Karen Pittman’s Presentation

For more information and resources about the Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award, click here.



The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF events and publications are made possible by contributions from philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.