Troubled “Youth Today” Taken Over by Georgia’s Kennesaw State


The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University in Georgia will begin publishing Youth Today, the nationally distributed newspaper that is read online and in print by thousands of professionals in the youth services field. Youth Today, founded in 1984, features in-depth articles on subjects that include juvenile justice, foster care, mentoring, substance abuse, sexual behavior, after school programs, mentoring, youth employment, child welfare, college and careers, gangs, violence prevention, adolescent health, teen pregnancy, and parenting.

Financial challenges almost led to the demise of the subscription-based newspaper, whose website,, has been dormant this month. Leonard Witt, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Journalism, said, “We now publish the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange,, the only entity to cover juvenile justice every day with professional journalists, so this is a natural addition to the work we do. We will be able to get Youth Today back to its full potential, while expanding the reach at the same time.” Brant Houston, board chair of the American Youth Work Center, the publication’s umbrella organization, said, “The board has been working hard to deal with the organization’s financial challenges and to ensure the survival of Youth Today.”

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