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Defining Goals for Youth: A New Approach Helps Minnesota Legislators Identify Policy Priorities for Young People

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.

This brief outlines:

  • How Ready by 21 served as a catalyst in the development of the Minnesota Legislative Caucus on Children and Youth,
  • Lessons learned from the process, and
  • Resources NCSL can provide to states that are considering a comprehensive approach to youth policy.