Couch, car or curb: Defining which young person is ‘homeless’ affects aid state by state

BY: - August 22, 2023

The spectrum of youth homelessness is vast. It includes young children sleeping with their mothers in crowded shelters and families living in tent encampments in public parks. There are teenage runaways who have fled abusive homes to live on the streets and kids who spend their nights hidden in cars or abandoned buildings. But youth […]

‘They need to be loved on’: Philly program offers youthful offenders a second chance

BY: - March 9, 2022

The Youth Aid Panel is a diversion program for first-time offenders, who face a panel of community volunteers instead of a judge.

Read every story and column in the Capital-Star’s ‘Brain Drain’ series

BY: - March 23, 2019

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. Between 2017 and 2025, the number of working-age Pennsylvanians (those between 20 and 64) is expected to decline by 1.4 percent, according to the state Independent Fiscal Office. At the same time, the number of people 65 and older is expected to grow by a whopping 23.4 percent. […]

How Pennsylvania is trying to keep younger workers in the state

BY: , and - March 21, 2019

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. This week on the Capital-Star, we’re exploring why young people are staying and leaving the commonwealth — and what the state can do to keep them. Have a story to tell? Email us. Pennsylvania is getting older. Between 2017 and 2025, the number of working-age Pennsylvanians (those between 20 […]


This is why some counties are powerhouses for innovation – and others are not | Opinion

BY: - March 20, 2019

When it comes to innovation, Santa Clara County, Calif. is way ahead of the rest of the US. Between 2000 and 2015, more than 140,000 patents were granted there – triple the number of the next-ranked county.


How do you keep the kids in Pa.? We’re going to spend this week finding out | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 18, 2019

To da one on da flam. Boy it's tough to keep the kids in Pa.

Family, cost, and community: What keeps young people in Pennsylvania

BY: - March 18, 2019

On a whole, the state’s population is graying.


When we end the brain drain, we become the Keystone State again | Opinion

BY: - March 18, 2019

It's time for Pennsylvania to think big -- and to make some bold moves.