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Illustrations by Dean MacAdam

After Barack Obama won last month’s presidential election, gatherings of youth workers and advocates took on the air of kids waiting for Santa to land at the mall.

Not only is the youth work field dominated by liberals, but many practitioners and leaders of various political stripes felt that the eight years of the Bush administration were the most miserable they could remember in terms of funding and policy.

Youth Today gathered some of the formal policy briefings and invited informal contributions from throughout the field, from national associations to community-based agencies. Edited versions appear in our December 2008-January 2009 issue. The complete responses appear in the links below:

After School
Child Welfare
Juvenile Justice
Overall Well-Being