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Ready News: April 25, 2013

Ready News
April 25, 2013

Who Are Opportunity Youth; Expanding Learning Help


Opportunity Youth: Who and Why?
As the movement grows to help youth who are disconnected from school and work, crucial questions include "Who are they?" and "Why are they disconnected?" The Annie E. Casey Foundation found some answers and shared them last month at the Ready by 21 National Meeting.
Foundation Vice President Lisa Hamilton broke down the nation's population of 6.5 million opportunity youth by age range, race and parental status, then talked about why they are disconnected. Watch segments of Hamilton's discussion (with charts) about the opportunity youth population (1:33 minutes) and about why it's hard for young people to find work (1:15 min.).

New Help for Expanding Learning
How do out-of-school time (OST) programs connect their work to youth success in school, work and life? A new initiative is helping OST systems name, focus on and affect outcomes related to school success (broadly defined). The Ready by 21 Expanded Learning Initiative will bring visibility, momentum, discipline and support to OST systems that are moving toward an expanded learning model.

Local partners in the work include Youth Development Executives of King County in Seattle, Wash.; the YMCA and After School Matters in Chicago; and the Nashville After Zones Alliance. Look for more information in the coming months.

Building Public Support for Afterschool Programs
Afterschool providers who wonder how to get out the message about the importance of high-quality programming might want to watch Reggie Moore's latest effort in Milwaukee. The Center for Youth Engagement created a two-minute video of images, text and music that Moore (the center's founder) says "captures the need for quality afterschool opportunities that are coordinated and reflective of young people's needs and interests."

The center works with stakeholders throughout the city to improve access to and the impact of afterschool services "through the building of a coordinated out-of-school time system," Moore says. He uses the video as an introduction in presentations to business, government and community leaders. Watch it here.

Thank a Youth Worker Day
It's time to thank a youth worker. A coalition of organizations has dedicated May 2 as a day to celebrate professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people. Find out who is involved in this annual event and what you can do at

Reclaiming Futures: A Model for Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol and Crime
This free webinar is designed for those wanting to learn more about the Reclaiming Futures model and how the model has been adopted as a cost-effective juvenile justice reform initiative. The presenters are Susan Richardson, national executive director of Reclaiming Futures, and Margaret Soukup, project director of the Seattle-King County Reclaiming Futures.
April 30, 1 p.m. ET.
Register here.

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.

Leverage 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 a powerful yet simple mapping technology solution. 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:  June 12-14, Chicago, Ill.
Learn more and register here. (Registration ends April 26.)

United Way Staff Leaders Conference, April 17-19, Indianapolis, Ind. - This annual conference offered a slate of valuable discussions and workshops, including these that featured presentations by Forum staff:

From Quality to Outcomes: Supporting Out-of-School Time System Improvement - Joe Bertoletti, field services director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

From Youth Voice to Community Action: Leveraging the Gallup Student Poll - Kris Minor, senior vice president, the Forum for Youth Investment.

See conference presentation materials here.
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