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Find stories and lessons learned here from leaders across the country using Ready by 21 Strategies to bring precision to their passion. Leaders in states and local communities and in urban and rural settings are using the Building Blocks for Effective Change. You can search for stories via the filters on the left column or using the drop down menus below.

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How a continuous improvement model is elevating staff practices and youth engagement in a community’s afterschool programs.
June 27, 2012
Quiet. That’s what students at Enka Middle School hear as they start their afterschool tutoring sessions these days. For 20 minutes, they sit and read. No text books; the kids choose mysteries, biographies, sci fi and the like.
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June 21, 2012
Partnership overcomes old data dilemma to create a community’s first comprehensive database of services.
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May 9, 2012
A local leadership group paves the way to bring an afterschool program to disadvantaged youth.
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This video examines two very different communities in California and their experiences using the Youth Program Quality Tool to assess and improve afterschool programs.
November 4, 2011
One way afterschool programs can take a realistic look at their programming and determine where they’re doing well and what they need to work on is through the Cycle of Continuous Improvement. The cycle starts with program assessment then walks through creating planning and implementing improvement strategies. This video highlights how two communities in California, Oakland and Black Oak Mine, have used the Youth Program Quality Assessment tool to improve the quality of their offerings.
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August 2, 2011
This is a story about how city leaders engaged their entire community to create a shared vision for their youth and a master plan to carry out that vision. Today that vision and plan, established in conjunction with the Forum for Youth Investment’s Ready by 21 strategies, provide the framework for delivering Nashville’s youth services and supports.
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May 18, 2011
How can a community change the quality, coordination and reach of its services, supports and engagement opportunities for children and youth? This case study shows how leaders in Petaluma, Calif., did just that, working with the Forum for Youth Investment to use the Ready by 21 approach to build a community wide coalition and develop new strategies that had impact.
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March 31, 2011
This story shows how community leaders built an overarching leadership council to coordinate and improve youth services. Those leaders used Ready by 21 Strategies to expand the council’s scope to include organizations and agencies covering the full range of youth supports, and to get them working toward the same goals.
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March 10, 2011
Ensuring that young people are prepared for college, work and life involves many areas of state government. Policies affecting youth include school curriculum requirements, after-school learning opportunities, child welfare programs and substance abuse prevention services. Minnesota legislators established the Legislative Caucus on Children and Youth, using the Ready by 21 framework and tools to determine the policy priorities to improve the odds for youth.
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March 3, 2011
This is a story about how a community built a state-of-the-art online tool to map and track youth services. Community leaders in Austin are using this tool to improve services and make them more accessible to families in need. The Ready by 21 set of strategies, tools and technical assistance helped Austin leaders create and use the tool to enable all youth to be ready for college, work and life.
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February 23, 2011
This is a story of a community bringing together a wide range of organizations to improve services and results for youth. Community leaders on the Georgetown Divide gathered a broad coalition to improve youth outcomes. The Ready by 21 set of strategies, tools and technical assistance guided leaders to act together and provided a framework for working more effectively to improve outcomes for all children and youth.