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Ready News: August 1, 2014

Ready News
August 1, 2014

Youth Need More Ways to Get Back on Course


Youth Need More Ways to Get Back on Course

Every young person has plenty of opportunities to veer off course - but some have more opportunities than others to get back on track. We need to build systems that give youth more chances to make those course corrections.

That was the advice offered by Patrick McCarthy, CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in his plenary presentation at this year's Ready by 21 National Meeting. (Watch it here.) While those who work with young people typically focus on providing effective programs, McCarthy urged everyone to pay more attention to building effective systems. "A bad system will trump a good program every time," he said. 

 News & Resources

Collective Impact

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes
The Forum for Youth Investment and FSG are teaming up to help communities effectively carry out collective impact strategies. Join this three-day institute to learn how to create the five conditions for successful collective impact approaches through clear, sequenced steps: from partnership creation, community engagement, goal-setting and problem analysis to intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a Big Picture Approach to tackle a range of issues in their communities, focusing on how to apply the nuts and bolts of collective impact strategies back home. 

Just announced: United Way staff can use Flex Credits to attend this institute. 

Sept. 16-18, St. Louis, Mo.
Find out more. 



Train OST Staff to Improve Their Work
Want 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. The registration deadline is Aug. 15.

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, Louisville, Ky.
Find out more.   


Providers Build Partnerships with Schools
The relationship between schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs is growing stronger - and this new article in Youth Today explores the reasons and implications, with insights from Forum for Youth Investment CEO Karen Pittman and other leaders in the youth field. Pittman says OST providers must help schools ensure that "expanded learning" initiatives involve more than just more class time, or "we will undermine more than a decade of work to strengthen OST learning opportunities in alignment with schools."    



Opportunity Youth

Investing in Community Collaborations
Nineteen communities just got a big boost for their efforts to use collective impact strategies to re-connect youth who are out of school and out of work. The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions announced the second round of grants through its Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, which is dedicated to reconnecting young people to education and employment. 

The grants, the Institute said, will help communities strengthen "community collaborations that remove barriers, connect the various systems that touch their [youth] lives, and begin to scale effective pathways to jobs and long-term, family-sustaining success." Among the winners are New Orleans and Atlanta, where community collaborations have been using Ready by 21 strategies to build their collective impact work for young people.

See more details and the list of winners in this announcement. Read about the potential for collective impact strategies to help opportunity youth in this new blog post by Melody Barnes, chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. 



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