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Program Quality Pyramid

In order to create conditions for youth motivation, needs for safety, belonging, and esteem must be met. High quality scores indicate that things are in place for youth to have access to key developmental experiences and to get their needs met. When youth needs are met they are likely to be motivated to engage in the program.

Saturday, April 14, 2007
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Quality in after school programming is defined by this pyramid. The pyramid is all about youth motivation to engage in the program. It reflects Maslow’s hierarchy, which suggests that we all naturally seek to learn and grow but that we have needs that get in the way.

Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making

The guide is divided into three parts:


The Rationale for Youth Engagement in Government provides a theoretical and historical context for youth councils by articulating the rationale for engaging youth in policy and decision-making processes and by explaining the Forum’s Principles of Youth Engagement.

Sunday, July 15, 2007
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The guide is designed to help states and localities create or strengthen their own youth councils. It is a synthesis of theory and practice that provides a general framework for thinking about youth councils, explaining the principles for youth action and the importance of youth engagement. It also incorporates advice and lessons from people in the field who have started or currently staff youth councils across the country. The guide incorporates examples from these youth councils to illustrate key points, focusing heavily on the youth councils in Boston, Massachusetts; Hampton, Virginia; and the state of New Mexico.

Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes

The case studies described in this report underscore the critical role that community-based organizations can play both in developing young people’s leadership abilities and driving positive community change. Specifically, the authors push beyond principles, identifying effective organizational and management practices that can help any organization committed to meaningful youth engagement advance their efforts in concrete ways. Additionally, the outcomes they identify present a useful impact framework for much-needed future program evaluation and research efforts.

Thursday, November 6, 2008
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The Forum partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Nonprofits to publish Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes. This study focuses on how organizations translate principles of youth engagement into practice and build a culture of partnership, as well as the outcomes – for young people, institutions and communities – that can result when they do. The research focuses on two organizations, Austin Voices for Education and Youth and Oasis Community IMPACT in Nashville, TN, but the lessons can help any organization committed to meaningful youth engagement advance their efforts in concrete ways.
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Education Strategies: Improving Success for Children and Youth

 

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  • Enter school ready to succeed
  • Read proficiently by 4th grade
  • Make a successful transition to middle school
  • Graduate from high school on time
  • Be ready for success in college, work, and life

United Way Worldwide Education Website

Saturday, April 23, 2011
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Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together. United Way Worldwide is dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children and youth, and this website lays out their priority areas, resources and case studies.

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.

5 Ways To Build a Culture of Collaboration with Staff, Teachers and Parents

By Sharon D. Kruse

Kruse is the author of the AASA book Building Strong School Cultures: A Leader’s Guide to Change, published by Corwin Press.

The following tips can help you build a culture of collaboration in your school.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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Creating a school culture that ensures positive outcomes for all students requires an “all hands on deck” approach to meeting the needs of the school community. Yet, bringing staff, teachers and parents together to do the work of the school is not easy. Collaboration cannot be coerced nor compelled. Rather, school leaders must help all members of the school community feel a sense of pride and ownership in their work.
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Massachusetts Success for Life Toolkit

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SNEAK PEEK
Local Action Planning Team Worksheet

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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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