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Ready News: August 20, 2015

Ready News
August 20, 2015

Fiscal Maps Track Resources for Vulnerable Youth


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
In This Issue: Policy | Out-of-School Time
Fiscal Maps Track Resources for Vulnerable Youth
Those data and ideas were released yesterday through two studies that should interest leaders in communities beyond The Big Easy. Each study is a type of fiscal scan, which tracks where funding comes from for specific causes and populations within a community, and where it goes.
The studies - Accounting for Opportunity: A Fiscal Scan for Funding for New Orleans Opportunity Youth and Public Funding for Out-of-School Time in New Orleans - are designed to improve the collective understanding among advocates, providers and public officials about funding available to support young people, and to better align their efforts.
The studies were conducted through a partnership between the Forum for Youth Investment, Baptist Community Ministries and the Cowen Institute. To read about how another community conducted a fiscal scan, see this short story.

Creating Local Dedicated Funds for Children & Youth: How Will We Fund Services for the Next Generation?

Policymakers, advocates and community leaders across the country are working to close the opportunity gap that leaves many children behind. It is difficult to see new federal or state dollars in sight. Solutions though, require investment. Join this webinar to learn more about creating local dedicated funds for children, youth and their families. 
The webinar will cover:
  • Benefits of local funds for children, youth and families
  • Successful funds in diverse communities
  • Steps and strategies in passing a local funding measure
  • Using the electoral process to fund children's services
  • Assessing the level of readiness in your community
Sept. 11, 1 p.m. ET
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 Kansas City, Mo., and one week of distance follow-up. The registration deadline is Sept. 18. 
Find out more.
Creating Expanded Learning Opportunities: Case Studies in Success
This case study from America's Promise Alliance examines various practices and experiences in providing expanded learning opportunities in four communities. Each community is at a different stage in making more and better learning a reality for youth, and these differences suggest that communities need not follow one established model to succeed.


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