Just as there is a change in the seasons, change is happening in the way nine communities around the country do business for young people.
Through the Ready Youth initiative, the Forum for Youth Investment is providing the communities with tools and technical assistance to collect and analyze data about youth in new ways, then use the findings as a catalyst to carry out community conversations that drive solutions.
Ready Youth was launched last year in six communities; this short story explains how one of those communities gathered data and used the results.
This year's group consists of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Richmond, Va.; Jackson, Miss.; Biloxi, Miss.; Indianola and Sunflower County, Miss.; and a group of four small communities in Mississippi: East Jasper County, Greenville, northern Bolivar County and Tallahatchie County. They kicked off their Ready Youth process this week by implementing a special version of the Gallup Student Poll (which measures the hope, engagement and well-being of young people in schools throughout the country). The communities will combine poll findings with other community data on children and youth, such as delinquency, employment and poverty rates, to create a customized picture of each community's young people.
Ready Youth is one of the packages offered by the Forum to help leaders carry out Ready by 21 strategies. This two-page summary explains how Ready Youth works.