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Ready News
January 5, 2012

Ready by 21 introduces a new newsletter for the new year!

Dear Readers:

Out with the old, in with the new. This email introduces you to our new weekly e-blast, Ready News. It combines several of the electronic newsletters that we previously sent you on a revolving basis: Forum Flash, Ready Partners and Forum Connect.

We believe Ready News will serve you better by delivering more timely information about:
  • Efforts by leaders and partners around the country who are carrying out Ready by 21 strategies and principles
  • New research, tools and other resources to help you carry out your vital work on behalf of children and youth
  • Upcoming events where you can learn more about improving the odds for all young people
  • Funding opportunities
We hope you find Ready News helpful in your efforts to get all young people ready for college, work and life. And if you have a story or idea that you think belongs in Ready News, please let us know.
Meanwhile, you'll continue to receive Ready Thoughts, my monthly reflections on the challenges and opportunities for changing the way we think and work as leaders.

Karen Pittman, CEO
The Forum for Youth Investment

Island Shows How to Ignite Interest in Ready by 21

Those looking for ways to get community members involved in Ready by 21 and get media attention for their efforts might learn from an island in Maine. Leaders on Deer Isle held a Ready by 21 workshop last month where parents, teachers, administration and students discussed assets and goals for all their youth, from birth to adulthood.  They did more than talk: They broke into workgroups to identify specific needs, heard a youth summarize a Ready by 21-led effort at the local high school and planned their next meeting.

The meeting earned a story in the local newspaper describing the workshop, the objectives and the Ready by 21 approach. For more stories and information about the Ready by 21 effort on Deer Isle, visit the coordinating organization,  Healthy Peninsula. 


January 17, 2012, 3 PM ET  
Better data helps leaders use their resources more efficiently and effectively. In this webinar, we'll learn about understanding youth outcomes through the Gallup Student Poll, a measure that tracks the hope, engagement and well-being of students in grades 5 through 12. Polly Lusk Page of the Northern Kentucky Education Council will highlight their recent survey findings and will share what they mean for the Northern Kentucky region.


Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids - but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. This new guide from the Forum for Youth Investment - From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes - is here to help them get more.

New Map of Coordinating Bodies Across the U.S.

Does your state have a child and youth coordinating body? The Forum's new map can tell you. The map identifies children's cabinets, P-20 councils, early childhood councils, and similar statewide entities that coordinate policy for young people. Based on the Forum's 2011 survey of coordinating bodies, the map contains the name and contact emails for lead coordinating body staff.

These entities are typically made up of the heads of all state government agencies with child- and youth-serving programs. They meet regularly to coordinate services, develop a common set of outcomes, and collaboratively decide on and implement plans to foster the well-being of young people in their states.

Not on the map? Email to learn how to add your coordinating body.

How One Community Boosts Cradle to Career Supports

Pima County, Ariz., is getting attention for using Ready by 21 strategies to improve early childhood education and youth development. A new story in the America's Promise spotlight series about Grad Nation Communities explains how the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona "coordinates initiatives to ensure that young people are able to make a successful transition to adulthood."

Realizing that efforts to boost high school graduation must start much earlier than high school and involve more than schools, Pima County leaders built a collaboration that focuses on such objectives as promoting early literacy, increasing the quality of out-of-school time programs, supporting parent and teacher education, improving nutrition and oral health education, and enhancing community awareness of the importance of high-quality care and education.

Scaling Up Successful Interventions

Some 30 scholars gathered last month to tackle the challenge of bringing successful interventions to scale.

The Forum and the William T. Grant Foundation facilitated the meeting of the scholars, who comprise a learning community that is studying interventions aimed at improving the settings where young people spend time - including classrooms, youth programs and families. Sessions focused on understanding variations in the impact of programs and issues of dissemination, scale and sustainability. The learning group is producing a series of studies on these issues.

Related to that meeting, in the most recent issue of Pathways magazine, foundation President Bob Granger challenges conventional wisdom about the scaling of interventions, and calls for a deeper understanding of why and under what conditions social interventions work.




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