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Ready News: April 29, 2015

Ready News
April 29, 2015
 

Discovering an Ecosystem for Youth Readiness

 
READYNEWS
News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.

Discovering an Ecosystem for Youth Readiness

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.

Embedding Youth Development in Schools: A Thought Leader Conversation

What does it take to get youth development practices embedded into the DNA of schools? This is just one of the big questions that will be addressed in the upcoming thought leader discussion between Karen Pittman and Michele Cahill. You are invited to listen in to the conference call and send questions. 

Karen and Michele co-founded the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research in 1990 and have been working to get systems ready for students ever since.  Michele is now a Distinguished Fellow in Education and Youth Development at the National Center for Civic Innovation. 

May 18, 2 p.m. ET 
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Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes

The Forum for Youth Investment and Collective Impact Forum are teaming up again to help communities effectively carry out collective impact strategies. This three-day institute provides a survey of five key steps in collaborative work and how these steps put partnerships on a clear path to improving lives.

This institute is designed for leaders, staff and volunteers of partnerships working to improve community conditions and outcomes. The institute is particularly useful for organizations that provide support to overarching leadership councils, provider partnerships, prevention coalitions and neighborhood groups. Participants are strongly encouraged to send community teams representing multiple partnership members.                        

June 23-25, Seattle, Wash.
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Using Data to Build, Grow and Sustain Your Afterschool System

How can afterschool systems best leverage data to build, grow and sustain their efforts? Join the American Youth Policy Forum and Afterschool Alliance to hear from afterschool system leaders on how they are using program data to support the growth and development of their systems. Presenters include Charles Smith, executive director of the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (a divison of the Forum), Mila Yochum, director of Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time, and Lisa Caruthers and Michelle Amos, both of Cooperative for After-School Enrichment - Harris County Department of Education. 

May 13, 2 p.m. ET
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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's Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers course teaches staff how to deliver the Youth Work Methods courses, which empower direct staff with tools to increase the quality of their instruction and boost youth engagement. 

The course consists of four weeks of distance learning, three days of live training in Chicago, Ill., and one week of distance follow-up. The registration deadline is May 1.  

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