Write an Opinion Column for Us

Would you be interested in writing an opinion column for Youth Today?

As you may already know, Youth Today is the only independent, nationally distributed newspaper (and website) that's read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today runs several opinion columns a week about these topics: opportunity youth, trauma, substance abuse prevention, foster care, after-school and out-of-school time, mental health, child welfare, race, sexuality, violence, youth development, staff development, federal policy and funding.

Our audience is made up of direct care workers (teachers, day care providers, counselors, recreation staff, juvenile corrections officers), managers of nonprofit and for-profit agencies (from the YMCA down to the smallest community-based agencies), operators of faith-based programs and public agencies, academics, lobbyists, government administrators, and legislative and executive staff.

Our readers are hungry for new ideas, insightful observations and even controversial suggestions. These pieces must deal with an issue of interest to our readership and soundly argue an opinion, or advocate for a change in thinking or action.

The columns run 700 to 1,200 words. (Here's a link to our latest ones.) We help the experts come up with a topic if they want help and personally edit them. We go back to the writer if we have any questions or need to make a change that's more than a tweak.

For more information, contact Senior Editor Leslie Lapides at llapides@csjournalism.org