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Ready News: April 18, 2013

Ready News
April 18, 2013

What Does Readiness Mean?


What Does 'Readiness' Mean? 
Listen to a live radio conversation tonight about what it means for young people to be ready for college, work and life. Forum CEO Karen Pittman will be the guest on Real Talk for Teens, a call-in program for young people that airs on BlogTalkRadio. Pittman will speak and take calls about what teens are doing to ensure that they are ready; what teens need from the people and institutions in their lives; and why businesses, colleges and young people themselves say that so many teens are not ready.

April 18, 8-9 p.m. ET. Go here to listen live or hear the recording.

Program Quality Assessments: First-Hand Accounts
Ever wonder what it's like for an afterschool program to go through the thorough Program Quality Assessment process? School's Out Washington spoke briefly with one program provider as well as the specialist who helped to carry out the training. Read the 400-word summary here.

Attendance Awareness Toolkit 
Leaders who want to do something for Attendance Awareness Month (September) just got some help: Attendance Works and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading released a toolkit to help schools and communities start planning activities. 
The Count Us In! toolkit offers talking points on the importance of good attendance, templates of proclamations and news releases, ideas for engaging students and parents, and advice for tracking data to identify and intervene with chronically absent kids.

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes
Here's a great opportunity for people working to create lasting, community-wide change: The Forum for Youth Investment and United Way Worldwide will present a three-day learning program designed to accelerate the work of collaborative partnerships.
Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes is built around the key steps to achieving measureable outcomes, such as problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a big picture approach to tackle underlying issues in their communities. See what action planning looks like when many organizations share responsibility for results.
When & Where: May 7-9, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Va.
Find out more here.

Leveraging Mapping Technology for Youth Programs
All communities know where their schools are. But few have thorough information on other resources - libraries, youth centers, out-of-school time sites and religious programs. The Forum's Ready Communities package helps leaders answer these questions with powerful yet simple mapping technology. In this free webinar, learn how to leverage this technology to get a clear picture of the places where youth spend their time. 

May 30, 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers
Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? The Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality offers its Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers course. This session teaches staff how to deliver the Youth Work Methods courses, which empower direct staff with tools to increase the quality of their instruction, which can lead to higher youth engagement.
When & Where:  Chicago, Ill., June 12-14.
Learn more and register here. (Registration ends April 26.)

2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention, April 15, Kansas City, Mo. - Forum CEO Karen Pittman gave the keynote address at this conference of more than 200 leaders from the education, nonprofit, corporate and government sectors. Pittman spoke about broadening the definition of readiness and the importance of using collective impact ideas to build stronger partnerships, in order to ensure that youth not only graduate high school but are truly ready for college, work and life.
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