As a Native Hawaiian, Stephanie Krauss was raised to respect the ocean. Recently, as co-director of the Readiness Project, she's been diving into equally deep but different waters: those of youth behavior, development and well-being. When she surfaced, Stephanie found herself comparing the world of preparing youth for successful lives to the delicate balance of the ocean ecosystem.
"We have located a rich, rapidly growing ecosystem of policies, practices, people and research focused on specific practices and abilities that, we believe, best enable young people's readiness for life's demands and responsibilities," she writes in her first blog from the Right to be Ready series. "Flowing within and around this ecosystem is a strong cultural undercurrent. I think most of us feel it, even if we don't realize that it's there."
More about Readiness:
Did you miss the Ready by 21 National Meeting in New Orleans? Forum CEO Karen Pittman shares highlights from the plenary speeches and panels, focusing on the theme of "Readiness as a Right," in this new blog.
Who is Responsible for Readiness?
Public system leaders are all too aware of the gaps in youth readiness for college, work and life. But it is often unclear who is responsible for closing those gaps and ensuring readiness. There are many system traps and readiness gaps that keep youth from developing the abilities they need.
Hear from Stephanie Krauss as she discusses The Readiness Project and how children's cabinets and public policy leaders can work together to address those issues in this webinar recording of Who is Responsible for Readiness and What Does It Require? - An Introduction to "The Readiness Project" and an Exploration of Implications for Policymakers.