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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.

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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Don’t Stop Collaborating – Just Stop Creating New Collaboratives

Check out these tips for working collaboratively without creating redundancy. Learn how states and communities, from Petaluma, Calif. to Texas, are taking steps to align their collaboratives.


Thursday, August 4, 2011
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Many states and communities have multiple task forces, partnerships and councils working on overlapping youth issues, from bullying to pregnancy to dropouts. This policy brief calls attentions to the problem of collaboration overload, and suggests ways to tackle it.
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Dashboards For Youth

These dashboards offer a starting point for states, localities and organizations as they improve their policies and programs to better prepare young people for adulthood.


Sunday, August 4, 2013
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This classic Ready by 21 publication outlines a variety of ways that ‘dashboards’—simple two dimensional visuals—can illustrate the width and breadth of goals for children and youth, including the ability to assess whether they cover the range of ages, outcomes, and approaches (prevention, intervention, promotion, etc.).

New Mexico Children's Cabinet 2011 Report Card & Budget Report



Thursday, August 4, 2011
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The New Mexico Children's Cabinet 2011 Report Card & Budget Report is the seventh iteration of the document, which has garnered national recognition for its innovation. In addition to annually tracking progress on child and youth indicators that correspond to the Children's Cabinet's five result areas (healthy, educated, safe, supported and involved), the report quantifies public spending for each area.