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Impact of Youth Development Programs On Student Academic Achievement

School districts and municipalities throughout the U.S. are under intense pressure to reform schools, raise graduation rates, and better prepare American youth for a workforce that must compete globally. Improving America’s educational system so that all students have access to a quality education is important but focusing on that system alone will not ensure the educational success of our nation’s young people.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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This brief cites the importance of a full-range of developmental assets, in school, in the home and in the community, that youth need to succeed. It indicates that “meaningful progress in improving educational outcomes must involve multiple stakeholders and a variety of sustained efforts over time.”

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.
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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.
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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.

Massachusetts Success for Life Toolkit

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MA

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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Lifelong success in the 21st century demands unprecedented cooperation and collaboration between and amongst all of those who care for and about children, youth and families. Success for Life offers a foundation for a shared mission to move Massachusetts forward. Using the Ready by 21 approach and facilitated by the Forum for Youth Investment, a cross-sector, cross-discipline, cross-agency team held a series of ground-breaking conversations to define and advance a shared set of goals and strategies capable of lifting all children, youth and families toward self-sufficiency and success for life. This guide features the tools and resources utilized for those conversations.
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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

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NM

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.
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