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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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Collaboration Builds a NEST for Homeless and Transitioning Youth
August 14, 2013
A community collaboration uses data, communications and shared goals to create a special place for homeless and transitioning teens.
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Making Quality a Full-Time Job
July 12, 2012
How one of the country’s largest YMCAs is expanding its efforts to improve services to kids.
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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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May 9, 2012
A local leadership group paves the way to bring an afterschool program to disadvantaged youth.
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February 16, 2012
Here we see how a community increased demand for improving and expanding youth services by immediately launching a new approach even while developing long-range plans.
AV Media
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 23, 2011
This report discusses the main steps Tennessee took to complete its resource mapping project and provides key lessons learned for other states that may want to implement a similar approach. The report does not focus on the results of the Tennessee study, however; instead it provides an overview of the process.