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Ready News: August 21, 2014

Ready News
August 21, 2014

Engaged Child, Disconnected Man


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
In This Issue: Data Collective Impact Afterschool | Policy | Education

Engaged Child, Disconnected Man

Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom set out to "play it safe" with her first blog, focusing on a theoretical discussion about youth program quality. Then life smacked her in the face.

"I've been distracted by the most devastating news I've heard about a young person I've known personally in my 20 years in the field," Alicia writes. How is it possible that a boy she calls "L," a boy once well-connected and on track to success, is about to stand trial for murder? Alicia's reflections about how youth can disconnect challenges us "to think more deeply about not merely the importance of good programs, but why deeply connected systems - those that might shore up the leaks in the pipeline of supports for youth - are critically important."

Using Data about Youth to Drive Action

Like most communities, yours probably can't answer questions about how students feel: Who would they turn to in times of trouble? Do they have enough energy to get through the day? Do they feel safe? Where do they see themselves in five years? 

You can fill those gaps. The Forum for Youth Investment and its Ready by 21 partners are recruiting communities from around the country to join the third Ready Youth Learning Cohort, which is designed to use data from the Gallup Student Poll to ignite conversations that drive actions. Find out more about what Ready Youth is and how you can get involved.

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.

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

Afterschool Afterschool
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 Sept. 12.

Oct. 27-29, Oakland, Calif.
Find out more.  

Policy Policy
Bill to Expand Funding for Community Schools

A bipartisan bill to expand funding for community schools - which are both a physical place and a set of partnerships between schools and other community resources - is being introduced in Congress. The bill would increase the number of places implementing community schools and enlist communities as key partners for student success. Find out more and tell your representative to cosponsor this bill by going here.

Education Education
Campaign to End Chronic Absenteeism

A growing body of research reveals the prevalence of chronic absence and its critical role in student achievement. This research also shows that chronic absence can be addressed when school districts, communities and policymakers work together to monitor the problem and implement solutions that target the underlying causes. Learn more and join the Attendance Awareness Campaign now.

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