History & Mission

Our Mission:

Youth Today provides quality, independent journalism and training for professionals who work to ensure that all of our children reach their full personal, educational and societal potential.

Our Vision:

Youth Today in collaboration with Kennesaw State University will be the go-to place for all things having to do with news, information and professional development needed by youth service professionals, policymakers, advocates, academics, educators, funders and practitioners.


Youth Today is an independent, national media outlet, with 24/7/365 online access for professional youth workers, administrators of youth-serving agencies and researchers and public policy staff who work on youth issues.

Youth Today is published by the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, located just outside of Atlanta, GA. The Center also publishes the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE.org), an online publication reporting on juvenile justice and related issues around the U.S. Together, the publications are a powerhouse in the youth service arena.

With a national reach, Youth Today covers the business of starting, operating and evaluating programs in areas such as juvenile justice, foster care, mentoring, substance abuse, sexual behavior, after-school, youth employment and overall youth development.

Other issues covered include child welfare; college and careers; gang and violence prevention; adolescent health; teen pregnancy and parenting; after-school programs and mentoring; best practices; and much more.

Youth Today is dedicated to producing quality, independent journalism devoted to policy issues and programs affecting children and youth, especially the disadvantaged, and also provides professional development training in areas important to subscribers.

The Center for Sustainable Journalism became publisher of Youth Today in March 2012. Formerly it was published by the American Youth Work Center, a nonprofit founded by Publisher Bill Treanor in 1984 in Washington, D.C.

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Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

DONORS & DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

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