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Credentialed by 26 Series: Raising the Bar from Ready by 21 to Credentialed by 26: Highlights from Community and State Efforts

The brief from the Forum for Youth Investment looks at two initiatives. One, the Credentialed by 26 Community Challenge, helped leaders in four selected communities jump-start local conversations and identify strategies to improve postsecondary success. Among the results: Leaders enlisted more partners committed to increasing postsecondary completion, used new data to inform planning efforts, extended their goals beyond college access to college completion, and strengthened connections between the K-12 and postsecondary systems.
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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Anyone working to increase postsecondary success knows that aligning the work of various stakeholders and helping sectors work together is essential – and a new issue brief shows how leaders are making that happen on both the community and state levels.
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Establishing a Balanced Set of Goals: Guiding the Way Webinar Recording

Participants were introduced to activities for building agreement and heard about potential indicators for goals across developmental years and the range of outcomes, as developed by the Forum and Child Trends.

Presenters: Suzanne Hershey, Senior Fellow, the Forum for Youth Investment and former Facilitator of the Ready by 21 initiative, Austin, Tex.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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Conceiving goals and indicators is easy. The challenge is getting community leaders to agree on goals and indicators that cover all young people of all age groups, in all aspects of their lives—from education and health to interpersonal skills and job readiness.
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Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings: Impact Findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention

 This study, Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings: Impact Findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention, shows how a cycle of assessing staff practices, planning based on the assessment and targeted training improves the quality of services delivered to young people. It says the Youth Program Quality Intervention model increases program quality among a wide range of afterschool systems, is sustainable and cost-effective, and might boost staff retention.
 

Monday, April 9, 2012
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Looking for a systematic way to improve afterschool program quality?
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