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Creating "Good" Schools: Observation and Discussion Tool

Friday, March 16, 2012
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This tool was created in order to help young people and adults develop a common language for talking about how to improve schools. The tool provides educators, young people, administrators, policy makers, parents, community members and other stake holders with a common lens for reflecting on their schools and for planning change. It can also be useful in assessing the range of reform models and change strategies underway in a district or school at any given time.
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Implementing Bolder Strategies: Engaging Youth, Families and Community Leaders As Changemakers

Leaders need to engage youth and families as organizers, planners, advocates by ensuring ongoing opportunities for leadership and participation. It‟s important to have strategies that reach all, not just a few. This webinar discussed ways to ensure that your work engages youth and families to the fullest.

Monday, January 30, 2012
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Leaders generate public demand, support and innovative ideas when they have regular mechanisms for seeking youth and family input and support and have developed a process for maintaining youth and family influence on policy decisions, philanthropy, practice and entrepreneurship.
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Broader Partnerships 101

After years of working with a wide variety of partnerships at the state and local level, the Forum for Youth Investment has concluded that communities and states need to consider a few basic components of partnerships. This webinar explained about this leadership capacity area and what you can do to build broader, more effective partnerships.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Partnerships and collaborations can take many forms. Whatever the scale of the partnership, effective partnerships are built on clear agreements about the scope of work to be done, the capacity needed to do the work and the mandate or authority in place to ensure that the work is done thoroughly and well.
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Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

The principles can be implemented in a wide range of organizations, including schools, youth organizations or community centers that want to strengthen their commitment to youth leadership, or community-change focused organzations or coalitions that want to strengthen their commitment to youth involvement.

Sunday, July 1, 2007
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Engaging young people as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating that idea into effective practice requires focused attention to a range of issues. They are important but simple principles for putting the idea of youth engagement into practice.

Voices for the Common Good: America Speaks Out on Education

This United Way Worldwide report highlights the voices of everyday Americans concerned about education in the United States. Above all, the opinion was that there is so much acrimony, divisiveness and negativity in our debates on the issues of education. Everyday people are hungry to get past the posturing and get on to doing whatever it takes to set children up for success. While so much attention lately has been placed on schools, the people in this report said that while schools play an important role, communities and indivduals have to step forward in a different way.

Friday, April 1, 2011
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This report shares the aspirations and concerns of everyday people across America about their communities and what it will take for children to succeed in life. It's based on a series of community conversations local United Ways hosted across the country last fall, as well as on some focus groups and a national poll.

Building Effective Youth Councils

The Forum believes that meaningful youth engagement is critical for the creation of sustainable, widespread, high-impact change in the systems and settings that can either support or hinder young people’s progress.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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This publication, created by the Forum for Youth Investment with National League of Cities, provides a practical guide to engaging youth in policymaking. It provides a rationale for youth councils, keys to making them effective and examples of useful documents and language.

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