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Ready News: April 19, 2012

Ready News
April 19, 2012

A Rockstar for Youth, Double Data Special and Thanking Youth Workers


An Innovative Call for Solutions, from a Rockstar who Believes in the Power of Youth
Rockstar Jon Bon Jovi, a member of the youth-focused White House Council for Community, has joined SparkAction and the Youth Leadership Institute to launch the SparkOpportunity Challenge, an innovative "crowd-sourcing" competition for young people to share their ideas on how to create local jobs and opportunities for youth.  
Through the SparkOpportunity Challenge, young people and adult allies can submit videos or text detailing their solutions, then activate their social networks to vote for the strategies that they think can really work. The top-voted winners will receive a tablet computer, start-up grants of $1,500, and mentoring from recognized business and policy leaders to see their ideas brought to life locally.
The Challenge was developed by SparkAction, an initiative of the Forum for Youth Investment, and The Youth Leadership Institute.  

Double Data Special! 

Ready by 21 Webinar

Connecting the Dots: Data Sharing in States and Communities to Better Connect Youth Services

April 24, 2012, 3 p.m. ET 
Data sharing: It's an important topic, given the myriad systems that house information about our communities. Whether you are a teacher, service provider, parent or policymaker, aligned and connected data can have a powerful impact on how you work with young people individually and how you help all youth in your community achieve their best outcomes. In this webinar, you'll learn about efforts to align community and state data, and about tools to improve your effectiveness.

Register for this webinar >>

The next day, join Public/Private Ventures and ChildTrends for a webinar: Learn How to Be a Data and Performance Management Rockstar.

Adding It Up: A Guide for Mapping Public Resources for Children, Youth and Families       

This guidebook is designed to clarify the process of creating and implementing an effective fiscal map. It provides an overview of planning, collecting the data, and ways to use the information to make informed decisions.

Government agencies, intergovernmental commissions, task forces, and policy and advocacy organizations have always relied on some level of data on investments in children, youth, families and communities to do their jobs. Fiscal maps can help decision makers get a birds-eye view of how much is being spent across departments and programs. Though these maps come in many forms, a quality fiscal map is different than traditional public reports on spending because it focuses on children and youth, not departments and agencies.



Help Boost Resources for Collaborations
The Forum for Youth Investment and its partners in the National Collaboration for Youth are seeking to identify youth development partnerships in communities across the country - and you can help. The organizations are trying to get a complete picture as they develop resources to support collaborative work. The five- to 10-minute survey asks you to identify the types of collaborative efforts in your area. (Research is not required; just share what you know.) 

See How Juvenile Judges Work Collaboratively
Anyone who wants to get juvenile court judges involved in their community partnerships for young people would have learned a lot from the recent Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness. Reclaiming Futures was there, listened to several judges and filed this report on

Thank a Youth Worker Day
A coalition of organizations has dedicated May 3 to celebrate professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people in their communities. Find out more about the event at, which is being promoted by the Association of Child and Youth Care Practice.

Juvenile Court/Reclaiming Futures Grants
The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal 2012 Juvenile Drug Courts/Reclaiming Futures program. This program builds the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and establish juvenile drug courts for substance abusing juvenile offenders.

For more information and to apply, click here. The deadline is May 16.
Learn How to Be a Data and Performance Management Rockstardatarockstar
Public/Private Ventures, ChildTrends and experienced practitioners from the Providence After School Alliance and Youth Development Inc. discuss how to pick the right indicators and data management system; build support among participating staff and establish accountability; figure out how to analyze and use the data; and sustain the system.

Host: Public/Private Ventures and ChildTrends 
When: April 25, 2-3 p.m. ET 
Register here.

Creating State Accountability Systems that Measure College and Career Readiness for All Students 
This webinar will examine how states' education accountability systems can be refined to more accurately measure progress toward high school graduation and college and career readiness for all students, including those pursuing alternative pathways to graduation. It will feature Colorado's performance framework that holds schools and districts accountable for factors such as academic growth and postsecondary and workforce readiness.

Host: American Youth Policy Forum 
When: April 25, 1-2 p.m. ET 
Register here.

How Social Impact Bonds Can Support Youth Interventions 
Social Impact Bonds are an innovative new financial instrument offering a way to scale evidence-based programs to improve social outcomes and save public dollars. This webinar will facilitate discussion among experts from several disciplines about the feasibility of using Social Impact Bonds to fund a bundled set of interventions to promote positive youth development outcomes and improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. 

Host: The Forum for Youth Investment
When: April 26, 2-3 p.m. ET
Register here.
Driving School Improvement through a College Access and Success Agenda  
Research demonstrates that when school leaders emphasize post-secondary preparation and matriculation rather than high school graduation, drop-out rates decrease and academic performance increases. The American Association of School Administrators and College Summit host this free webinar to share lessons learned from the field and best practices for driving K-12 improvement through a college access and success agenda. 
Speakers: Bryan Joffe of AASA, Dr. Keith Frome of College Summit and Dr. Robert McCord, AASA Research Professor in Residence.  
When: April 30, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST 
Register here.  

2012 United Way Worldwide Community Leaders Conference
The biennial convening of United Way staff and volunteer leaders dedicated to professional development and network building. Details to come.
Workshops include presentations by Forum for Youth Investment staff and Ready by 21 practitioners: Embracing Readiness - 20 Questions from Gallup that Spark Community Action; and After the Big Meeting: Managing Collective Actions for Collective Impacts.
Where: Nashville, Tenn.
When: May 2-4
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