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Case Study Archive


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.

Engaging Youth for Community Change
November 6, 2012
The key role of young people in creating Nashville’s Youth Master Plan.
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.
June 21, 2012
Partnership overcomes old data dilemma to create a community’s first comprehensive database of services.
May 9, 2012
A local leadership group paves the way to bring an afterschool program to disadvantaged youth.
Short stories about leaders improving the odds for young people
November 1, 2011
Find out how Nashville uses the Ready by 21 framework to create new partnerships that help drive kids to school.
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.
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.
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.