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Ready News: August 14, 2014

Ready News
August 14, 2014

When Graduation Feels Like Failing


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

When Graduation Feels Like Failing: A Diploma of Completion, but not Competence

All of the graduation checkboxes were checked off. He was eligible to graduate. And yet he lacked some of the most basic skills that he'd need to navigate life - and now, he'd have to do it without the constant support and challenge of school. 

In her latest blog, Stephanie Krauss, senior fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment and former chief executive officer of Shearwater Education Foundation, recounts one young man's story that led to her own personal struggle in defining the difference between completion and competence.  

The P3s are Coming. Are You Ready?

The federal government is about to invite local, state and tribal governments to apply for unprecedented flexibility to use federal funds in innovative ways to help disconnected youth. And the Forum has created the Performance Partnership Pilots Pre-Proposal Guide to help you get ready to apply for these Performance Partnership Pilots (P3s).

Read on for more about the P3s, the Forum's latest resource in helping you apply, as well as some related key federal victories.

Embracing Emergence & Collective Impact

How can funders approach emergent strategy when engaging in collective impact efforts? Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, suggests not just thinking of it as getting everyone at the same table, but thinking of the need for multiple tables.

Pittman and Sterling Speirn (Poverty Interrupted) join John Kania (FSG) as they explore different methods at a May convening by the Collective impact Forum. Watch the full panel discussion. 

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.

Oct. 14-16, St. Louis, Mo.
Find out more. 

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Opening the Door to Youth-Driven Spaces

If you put youth in charge, youth will come. It seems like a simple concept, but putting it into practice is a challenge. A teen center in Michigan has found a way.

At the Neutral Zone, in Ann Arbor, young people make meaningful decisions about programming and governing the organization - a practice that is profiled in Youth Today. Ravi Ramaswamy, training coordinator at the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (a division of the Forum), which collaborated with the Neutral Zone, stresses that "every organization that wants to go for high quality should find a way to involve youth participants."

Read the story (subscription required), which includes lessons learned from the Neutral Zone.

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