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Ready News: August 8, 2013

Ready News
August 8, 2013

Use Data in New Ways


Campaign Uses Data in New 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 is seeking 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. Rather than letting this valuable data sit on the shelf, Ready Youth uses it to ignite community conversations that drive solutions. Go here to learn about the tools and supports communities will receive, to join an informational webinar and to apply.

A Voice for Youth Advocates Falls Silent
After more than 25 years of advocating for young people, the Washington-based Voices for America's Children is shutting down. In this Youth Today story, Forum Vice President Thaddeus Ferber echoes the shock felt by many throughout the youth field, and discusses the implications.

Afterschool Comes of Age
"The afterschool field is coming of age," says youth advocate Janis Richter. Her new blog post reviews the evidence and discusses what the changes mean, especially for school systems.

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: Sept. 26-7, Seattle, Wash.

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.
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