Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 9:00am to Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 5:00pm
The Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (GCYF) 2011 Annual Conference, What Counts and What Works: People, Practice and Policy, provided a forum for grantmakers to explore pressing and emerging social and economic trends impacting children, youth, and families, but also the role that private philanthropy plays in lifting the people in our communities to survive and thrive.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 8:00am to Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 5:00pm
On June 7 & 8, the Forum for Youth Investment offered a Ready by 21 Institute in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This two-day training expanded participants' understanding of the rationale and thinking behind Ready by 21, increased their knowledge of the research behind Ready by 21, and introduced them to the tools and resources to put the concepts into action. Participants explored multiple ways to apply the Ready by 21 strategies to their experience and work.
From this meeting, school and district leaders gained 1) a greater awareness and understanding of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund reporting requirements for college enrollment and persistence, 2) tools and strategies for communicating these new data items to boards, teachers, and families and 3) some potential levers of change to positively affect the college-going and persistence rates in the future.
At the end of the day, broader partnerships, bigger goals, and better data and decision making are only useful if they significantly increase the likelihood that timely, well-vetted, evidence-based strategies will be implemented and nurtured toward success.