Taking the comprehensive approach is difficult but crucial: Improving child and youth outcomes requires attending to young people’s overall development. That means:
Here are some resources that address common questions:
When leaders band together to improve supports for young people, they hold enormous collective power – to do what? What, exactly, do they want to achieve? Now is the time to establish a common, action-oriented vision: A vision that conveys compelling goals and indicators for all children and youth; a vision that gets everyone going in the same direction.
Leadership capacity audits serve the same purpose as financial audits. They provide leaders with a structured opportunity to receive feedback on core functions that are critical to their mission so that they can increase their overall horsepower to make sustained change. The attached list of key findings and recommendations from a generic city will give you an idea of the helpful guidance this process can have.
But see what happens when you give them a story or a framework for action. People see an outline for success and can envision their roles. You’ve exchanged your “to do” list for a powerful tool that can unite community efforts and drive community decisions.
To get there, you need to:
Includes frameworks from the Forum for Youth Investment, Search Institute and the National Research Council.