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Ready News: August 29, 2013

Ready News
August 29, 2013

Campaign Uses Data in New Ways


Campaign Uses Data in News Ways to Help Youth 

Communities around the country are invited to participate in a campaign that uses new kinds of data about young people to spur improvements in youth services and supports.


The Ready by 21 National Partnership invites communities to join the second Ready Youth Learning Cohort. Ready Youth begins with a powerful measure of youth voice: the Gallup Student Poll, which measures the hope, engagement and well-being of young people. Ready Youth uses this valuable data to ignite community conversations that drive solutions. Go here to learn about the tools and supports that communities will receive and to listen to an informational webinar.


Bill Seeks Federal Youth Voice

The movement to increase the voice of young people in federal policy got a significant boost today with the announcement of a congressional bill to create a Presidential Youth Council. Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.) announced that he plans to re-introduce a House resolution (H.J.Res 115) to create the council, which would advise the president on the perspectives of young people, offer suggestions on how to make federally-funded youth policies more effective and make recommendations on long-term national issues. Its members would be ages 16 to 24.


"The perspectives of our youth should be an essential part of shaping policy that directly impacts them," said Larson, who made the announcement at a Forum on Youth Engagement in Hartford, Conn.


The youth council effort is spearheaded by the bi partisan Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. Find out more here. 

Collaborating to Combat Gang Violence

How can communities better combat gang violence? Watch a lively video chat from this week, co-hosted by SparkAction (a division of the Forum for Youth Investment) and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. The conversation features directors from Save Our Streets Crown Heights in Brooklyn and journalist Clay Duda, who discussed the Cure Violence model, which treats gun violence like a disease and combats it by working with ex-gang members and community leaders.


Community Schools Pay Off

For those looking to prove the benefit from community schools, a new commentary by two leaders in the field provides some answers. In this recent Education Week commentary, Richard Buery of Children's Aid Society and Cheryl Hayes of the Finance Project discuss data showing the monetary return on investment from community schools.


Learn Strategies to Help Improve School Attendance

In honor of Attendance Awareness Month, join America's Promise Alliance for a Twitter Party to discuss attendance and chronic absence. Learn about strategies to help improve school attendance in your community through this free event, presented by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and State Farm.

Experts from Attendance Works (@AttendanceWorks), the Alliance for Excellent Education (@all4ed), America's Promise Alliance (@AmericasPromise) and others will be available to answer questions. Use the Attendance Campaign hashtag, #SchoolEveryDay, to join the conversation.

When: Sept. 10, 1 p.m. ET.


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.


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 Youth Work Management Training of Trainers 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: Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Rochester, N.Y.


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