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Summit Toolbox: Planning a Successful Summit

Community events and summits are generally intended to build a sense of urgency around the crisis facing America's young people, secure a commitment to action from leaders in all sectors and most importantly, to result in follow-up action plans to strengthen current efforts and initiate new strategic activity to help more young people graduate from high school ready for college, work and life.

Sunday, August 23, 2009
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The website by the America's Promise Alliance contains tips, templates, reference materials and other resources to help you plan a successful event to galvanize your community to take action to improve the lives of youth.

Parent Engagement Toolkit

Three priorities that are clearly critical to student success throughout a child’s academic career are:

  • Attendance Every Day : Ensure children go to school regularly
  • Achievement Every Year :  Monitor and help children make satisfactory progress each year
  • Attainment Over Time : Set high expectations for children and plan for attaining their long-term goals

Each one is heavily influenced by the actions and thinking of parents as well as educators, community-based providers and students themselves.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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Parents and caregivers are arguably the most important stakeholders in a child’s educational success. With nearly 1.3 million students dropping out of high school each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance developed this toolkit to engage parents in dropout prevention and development strategies to ensure the success of all children. This toolkit is a resource for Dropout Summit conveners and community leaders bringing the parent voice into the planning process and the development of local and state action plans addressing the dropout crisis.

Supporting the Education Pipeline: A Business Engagement Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Supporting the Education Pipeline toolkit was created to house background research, tools used by your peers in the field, protocols to help you implement your business engagement efforts, and case studies to illustrate the successes and lessons learned by others in the field.

Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the ESEA

The following guiding principles were used to frame the analysis and recommendations offered:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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The National Collaboration for Youth brings together over 50 national non‐profit organizations that provide programs, services, technical assistance, training and evaluation to youth in America. Primarily community‐based, the members of NCY have a significant interest in youth development. Through that lens, National Collaboration for Youth examined No Child Left Behind and proposed recommendations for change during the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

Toward a Brighter Future: An Essential Agenda for America’s Young People

Monday, February 8, 2010
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Eighteen percent of children in the U.S. are living in poverty, up from 17.4% in 2006—the highest percentage of child poverty since 1981. Eight million U.S. children are without health insurance. Although many young people in this country may be doing well, it’s clear too many are falling behind. While most would agree that “children are our greatest asset,” the federal government’s investment in children and youth is in decline. This policy paper by the National Collaboration for Youth offers a range of policy recommendations to improve outcomes and supports for children and youth.

Tomorrow’s Workforce: Ready or Not – It’s a Choice the Business Community Must Make Now

Friday, May 23, 2008
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This report, prepared by Corporate Voices for Working Families, spotlights the challenges facing the business community—and highlights actions that can be taken now to help solve a problem that involves not just young people, but one that touches the lives of everyone.

Why America Needs High-Quality Early Care and Education

Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Over the past three decades, business leaders have invested time, expertise and resources in efforts to improve K–12 education in the United States. What Corporate Voices for Working Families and the Business Roundtable have learned leads to the conclusion that America’s continuing efforts to improve education and develop a world-class workforce will be hampered without serious federal and state commitments to high-quality early care and education for all children, zero through five. In challenging economic times, it is essential that public investment be as efficient and effective as possible. Investments in quality early care and education, with a particular focus on children most at risk, are a wise and safe investment in our nation’s success.
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Call to Action: Ready by 21 Business Engagement Menu

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Business leaders play a crucial role in community efforts to ensure that all youth are ready for college, work and life. Business leaders are eager to make an impact across the education and talent development pipeline, from cradle to career. They want to ensure that the roles they play help contribute to better outcomes for youth, families and communities. Nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to recognize the needs of youth in their community and recommend how business may be able to best use their assets to meet those needs. This dual purpose Business Engagement Menu provides business leaders with the various ways they can be involved in communities. Nonprofit leaders can also use the menu to learn the array of options that exist to get business active in effectively meeting a community’s goals for youth.

Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Series Overview

The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Guide consists of two parts:

The Overview and Rationale makes the case for policy alignment and provides an overview of strategies to ensure that policies aligns with existing efforts to: collaborate; establish big-picture goals and long-term plans; administer grants; engage young people in decision-making; improve quality and accountability; collect and use data to drive decision-making; and provide a flexible set of child and youth services.

Friday, October 22, 2010
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The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Guide helps policymakers ensure that new child and youth policies align with existing efforts to create a seamless system of supports. The guide can be used to inform any policy that creates a funding stream related to children and youth, no matter what specific topic it addresses (e.g., education or youth employment or juvenile justice) and no matter what form it takes (e.g., a legislative statute, an executive order, or an agency or foundation Request for Proposals).
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