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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 digital media publication that’s read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today runs several opinion columns a week about these topics in the U.S.: 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, daycare 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. Read how varied the voices are in all our opinion columns here. 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.

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Senior Editor Leslie Lapides



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.


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.


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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