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Ready News: April 20, 2017

Ready News
April 20, 2017
Ready News: Upcoming Thought Leader Conversations with Karen Pittman


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Feeling the need for inspiration? Every month, the Forum for Youth Investment hosts Thought Leader Roundtables: Conversations on Readiness. These candid, unscripted conversations feature Karen Pittman with some of the most influential, boundary-pushing leaders working to improve the lives of children and youth.

On May 16, Karen will be joined by David Rattray, Executive Vice President with the Center for Education Excellence & Talent at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and Alysia Bell, Vice President of Education Business Coalitions at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. The conversation will focus on what local business leaders can and are doing to support youth and education. In the conversation, Rattray and Bell will be sharing results of a survey of local business executives. 

Learn more and register. 

On June 7, John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc., will join Karen to reflect on Opportunity Youth and their leadership potential, opportunities to advance and champion policies and partnerships to support these youth, readiness and equity, and John's early tenure leading YouthBuild USA, Inc. John's unique vantage point as a former Opportunity Youth himself has given him a particularly effective voice for and among young people and corporate leaders, among others.

Learn more and register.
Ready by 21 Learning Lab rb
Ready by 21 Learning Lab: Tools and Techniques for Achieving Results
May 23-24, 2017
Silver Spring, Md.
The Forum for Youth Investment is bringing you a practical, hands-on, two-day workshop and coaching session designed for backbone leaders, steering committee members and other partners actively involved in community change efforts focused on children & youth.
The workshop is designed for leaders who are thinking about how the critical tasks of community change management can be staged and sequenced in order to move steadily towards improving outcomes. It is particularly useful for those in the early stages of forming or planning an initiative, or in the process of re-igniting or refreshing their initiative for the next phase of joint work. Special emphasis is given to tools and techniques that help leaders align and connect multiple issues and efforts, identifying areas for joint planning and action. 
Advancing SEL Practices sel_practice
The SEL Challenge Enters Its Next Phase
Through the generous support of the Susan Crown Exchange (SCE), the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality is pleased to announce the next phase of the SEL Challenge, the SEL Demonstration Initiative. This phase of the work will focus on demonstrating how the Preparing Youth to Thrive content, training, performance measures and practices can be integrated into youth-serving organizations across the country to improve SEL practice. Five afterschool system partners with local, statewide and national reach will participate over the coming year. The organizations are School's Out Washington (Seattle), Sprockets (St. Paul) , After-School All-Stars (Los Angeles), Beyond the Bell (Milwaukee) and Wyman. The initiative will culminate in the release of case studies that will highlight the process of how each organization integrated the Preparing Youth to Thrive supports and these lessons will be shared widely with the field. Stay tuned for updates on this initiative at
Evidence-based Practices  evidence
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