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Lessons in Collective Impact

The Saigh Symposium on Teen Development brought together government officials, nonprofit executives and youth to discuss how a community can use collective impact strategies to improve the odds of success for all young people.
Information Update
November 18, 2013
 

Imagine that leaders carrying out collective impact efforts around the country came to your community to share their insights on how to succeed. That recently happened in St. Louis - and those insights are available to everyone.

The Saigh Symposium on Teen Development brought together government officials, nonprofit executives and youth to discuss how a community can use collective impact strategies to improve the odds of success for all young people.

  • Sue Gallagher, director of research analysis and planning at Children's Services Council of Broward County, Fla., illustrated the importance of using data to inform interventions, monitor progress and expand support from community members.
  • Jean Walker, vice president of education and community engagement at the United Way of Greater Atlanta (and a member of the Ready by 21 Leadership Council), reflected on how community leaders collaborated to change their infrastructure to focus on a cradle-to-career framework instead of a narrow focus on an isolated phase of an individual's development.
  • Jairus Cater, former co-chair of the Mayor's Child and Youth Taskforce in Nashville, Tenn., (and a board member at the Forum for Youth Investment) discussed the importance of engaging youth as "co-changemakers" in collective impact efforts. 

All three communities used Ready by 21® strategies. See the webcast, including panel presentations and audience questions. The event was hosted by the Wyman Center

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