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Ready by 21 Leadership Capacity Audit Sample Recommendations

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.

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Friday, August 5, 2011
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Broader partnerships, bigger goals, better data, bolder actions to improve program quality, consistency and reach – these are the goals of leadership. To support this work, the Forum for Youth Investment has developed the leadership capacity audit: a set of structured surveys, interviews and processes designed to assess a community's overall leadership capacities. This process involves a series of stakeholder interviews and analysis of key indicators and data sources, and results in a set of findings and recommendations like this document.
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Ready by 21 Quality Improvement & Assets Building Challenge Grants

Friday, August 5, 2011
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The Q&A Challenge is a research-based technical assistance model designed to help communities systematically assess developmental assets in a population of children and youth and then improve the quality of out-of-school time settings where these children and youth spend time. The Q&A Challenge represents an advance in community level efforts to align out-of-school time programmatic resources with community-specific profiles of developmental assets.
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Making Quality Count: Lessons Learned from the Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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The Ready by 21 Quality Counts initiative engaged leaders and intermediaries from 12 cities and states around the country with a bold challenge – improving the quality and reach of out-of-school time programming. This report provides an overview of key lessons learned and recommendations.

Credentialed by 26 Series: Changing the Odds for Students- Spotlight on Kingsborough College

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Brooklyn, NY

By raising expectations, improving the use of institutional data to inform decisions, creating a high-level coordination body and shifting to more flexible resource allocation practices, every unit of the college has been involved in implementing strategies focused on increasing supports and improving persistence and graduation rates.

 

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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This issue brief examines how leaders at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY have changed the way they do business and as a result increased student success.
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Credentialed by 26 Series: High Expectations & Strong Supports Yield Postsecondary Success

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Brockton, MA

This brief describes how YouthBuild Brockton, as part of YouthBuild USA’s Postsecondary Education Initiative, is partnering with Massasoit Community College to move from dropout recovery into postsecondary completion. It also summarizes research on student supports in higher education and features a conversation with Ann Coles, senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

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Chart of supports needed to help young people to and through higher education.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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This brief demonstrates that it is in fact possible to insulate the education pipeline for older, vulnerable youth by providing the supports necessary for their success.
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Credentialed by 26 Series: Insulating the Education Pipeline to Increase Postsecondary Success

The Forum for Youth Investment has challenged leaders across the country to ensure all young people are Ready by 21 – ready for college, work and life. Embedded in the challenge are several key ideas: 1) readiness requires investments in youth from birth into the early twenties, 2) readiness should be measured broadly, with indicators that go beyond high school graduation, and 3) readiness is influenced by a broad range of systems and settings.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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The first in a new Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 series, this issue brief explores why postsecondary completion is an important goal and looks at how the U.S. is currently faring.
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