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Business Engagement Stakeholders Wheel: Identifying Business Leaders in Your Community

This white paper helps nonprofits see the range of ways they can partner with business leaders. The Business Stakeholder Wheel is an easy to use visual that shows the array of roles that businesses can play in community change efforts.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
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Developed by Ready by 21 Partner Corporate Voices for Working Families, this tool helps connect business leaders as partners and outlines the various roles that businesses can play in improving the odds for children and youth.
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Mapping Moving Trains Packet

The Mapping Moving Trains Packet consists of an activity guide, a worksheet and a sample dashboard excel spreadsheet. The activity guide can be used to guide a group exercise along with the worksheet. The excel spreadsheet is a template for making a visual to illustrate the results of the exercise. Use this tool to gather information about important collaboratives and networks and to share the data with your stakeholders.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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This packet of materials assists with learning more about the coalitions and networks that are working on child and youth issues. It provides an activity guide, worksheet and sample visual.

Building A Broad Stakeholders Group Action Brief

This brief provides an overview of four guiding principles to stakeholder engagement: be intentional about who to involve; be specific about what you ask the group to get involved in; think about how and how much you want people involved; and think about when you need the group to be engaged.

Sunday, May 25, 2008
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This brief lays out guiding principles for stakeholder engagement. It highlights who to involve and how to meaningfully engage stakeholders in efforts to improve the odds for children and youth.

Stakeholders Wheel Facilitator's Packet

This Facilitator's Packet starts out with the Activity Guide, which will help in leading this exercise in a collaborative meeting. The Activity Guide is followed by the stakeholder wheel, which can be used by participants during the exercise. FInally, the packet contains a few examples of how the wheel has been used in communities. This resource is aimed at helping assess who a community is currently working with and where it can conduct outreach to improve the partnership.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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This packet of materials is designed for a collaborative meeting ice breaker, town hall exercise or small group activity. The goal is to learn more about the range of stakeholders of a collaborative effort.

Ready by 21 and Collective Impact

Thursday, March 24, 2011
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In this commentary, Karen Pittman, president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, discusses how Ready by 21 encourages community leaders and organizations to work together to achieve common goals through collective impact strategies.

Thinking Outside the Box: Creating Catalytic Partnerships to Change the Odds for Children and Youth

Karen encourages Ready by 21 leaders to create a "catalytic partnership to ensure that all of the community's resources, not just the schools, have assumed shared responsibility for student success." She reminds leaders that they can change the way they do business and that partnerships are key.

Saturday, August 15, 2009
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Karen Pittman, president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, challenged Chattanooga, Tenn., to come together as a community to change the way it serves and supports young people. In this speech and accompanying graphics, she describes the dynamic potential of catalytic partnerships.

Overarching Leadership Body Structural Assessment Chart

Six components have been shown to influence the success of a children's cabinet or council: scope, authority, home, scale, resources and local connections. Although no combination is deemed 'correct,' it is important to consider the best choice for each component when developing or restructuring a cabinet or council.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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This chart helps assess an overarching youth issues leadership body, such as a children's cabinet, based on six components of success: scope, authority, home, scale, resources and local connections. Taken from the State Children's Cabinet and Councils Series Elements of Success: Structural Options.
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State Children's Cabinets and Councils Series - Elements of Success: Structural Options

Children's cabinets and councils have the potential to systematically coordinate the fragmented funding and services that often occur at the state level. Children's cabinets are typically made up of heads of government agencies with child and youth serving programs, who meet on a regular basis with the collective goal of coordinating services, developing a common set of outcomes and collaboratively deciding upon and implementing plans to foster the well-being of young people.

Friday, August 1, 2008
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Part of the State Children's Cabinets and Councils Series, this issue brief reviews the range of existing state children's cabinet and council structures and offers tips for getting the most effective structure in place.
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Dimensions of a Leadership Council

This chart outlines the questions that need to be asked when forming an overarching leadership council or when selecting an existing entity to serve in the function. The dimensions that need to be considered are goals, alignment, geography, staffing, connections and structures, functions and roles, authority/mandate and accountability.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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This chart outlines the important factors to consider when creating an overarching leadership body for youth issues. This chart can be used to assess a current leadership council or can help communities form a new one.