What would America's youth do to create jobs and connect youth to education? The recent SparkOpportunity Challenge provided 135 answers: That's how many video submissions were submitted by young people, with ideas ranging from building a social network for teen entrepreneurs to providing free vision care for New Orleans children.
The Bridgespan Group, which studies and reports on community collaborations to achieve collective impact, builds on that work with Needle-Moving Collective Impact: Three Guides to Creating an Effective Community Collaborative.
Government, business and nonprofit leaders in Tennessee are teaming up to explore policy changes that would help more young people reach and succeed in college – changes that other states could emulate.
The Forum has been working closely with the Obama Administration to create the policies necessary for state and local collaborations to achieve collective impact. The U.S. Department of Education's draft of the new District-level Race to the Top grant competition represents a great example of how Ready by 21 concepts can be embedded into policies.
With afterschool providers and supporters all over the country working to improve quality, the head of a foundation that funds such efforts steps back for thoughtful analysis of "what we learned and the implications for the future."