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Ready News: August 15, 2013

Ready News
August 15, 2013

Collaboration Builds Homeless Kids a NEST


Collaboration Builds a NEST for Homeless Youth

For years, community leaders in Georgetown, Texas, searched for ways to provide a special place for homeless and transitioning teens - a place to get a meal, to find a mentor, to get some sleep. Today young people get all that and more at The NEST, an idea that became a reality through a community collaboration's smart use of data, communications and shared goals.  


The NEST (Nurturing, Empowering, Supporting for Tomorrow) is no standard drop-in shelter. Find out about what it does and how leaders made it happen in this 600-word story


Expanded Learning Opportunities and Community Schools

Anyone who ponders the role of schools and non-school partners in Expanding Learning Opportunities (ELO) will find plenty of insightful viewpoints in an ELO blog series by the Coalition for Community Schools. The series, sponsored by The Wallace Foundation, explores ELO initiatives before and after school, on weekends and in the summer.


A Sudden Death Spurs Thoughts About Life

Life is a gift. We all know this. But there are times when the juxtaposition of events makes us pause to remember it. Saturday was one of those days. Read this blog post by Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, about the sudden death of a new friend. 
New Hub for Juvenile Justice Research


Juvenile justice professionals take note: a new resource collection makes it easier and more engaging than ever to get in-depth journalism stories together with key research, data, guides and toolkits on critical issues in the juvenile justice field. The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub provides an accessible, user-friendly point of entry to a repository of years of research into juvenile justice issues. The Hub is a project of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (


Ready by 21 Webinar Series: Developing and Using Early Warning and Response Systems to Strengthen Student Success and Improve High School Graduation Rates

Research indicates that tracking individual student attendance, behavior and course performance (ABCs) can help identify students at risk of academic failure. This free webinar explores how early identification and effective interventions can put students back on the path to high school graduation.


Presentations will focus on: 

  • Elements of an early warning and response system
  • Suggestions for getting started in your community
  • Emerging promising practices 
  • Policy supports and barriers
  • Experiences and varied roles of local United Ways working with their schools to implement early warning and response systems


Also, see this recent blog post by Forum CEO Karen Pittman about expanding the ABCs to provide a more complete picture of young people.


When: Aug. 20, 2-4 p.m. ET.

Register here.


Training for Youth Work Management 

Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? This Training of Trainers is for managers and site leaders who wish to support their sites throughout the quality improvement cycle developed by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Graduates of this course can facilitate the Weikart Center's Planning with Data and Quality Coaching workshops, and provide comprehensive support to staff who are involved in the process.

When & Where: Sept. 26-27, Seattle, Wash.

Find out more.

How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes through Collective Impact

How can your community partnerships achieve real outcomes? What supports do partnerships need to achieve collective impact? What are the key steps in collaborative efforts to improve community conditions and outcomes?

Get the answers to these and other questions about how to create lasting, community-wide change at a special learning program presented by the Forum for Youth Investment and United Way Worldwide.

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. Learn how to take a big picture approach to tackle underlying issues in your community. See what action planning looks like when many organizations share responsibility for results.

When & Where: Oct. 8-10, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Va. 

Find out more.

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