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Ready News: December 1, 2016

Ready News
December 1, 2016

Karen Pittman Keynotes Civic Canopy Summit

News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
This week, Karen Pittman delivered the keynote address at the Civic Canopy Summit in Denver, Colorado, focusing her remarks on how communities and leaders can get to impact. The summit brought together over 250 leaders committed to the belief that "when the many work as one for the good of all we can collectively achieve real community change where individuals are engaged, neighborhoods are healthy and communities are thriving."

Karen emphasized the importance of equity and opportunity in community change efforts, and shared her experience in developing true engagement among youth and community members rather than just symbolic representation.

Karen eloquently stated that "readiness and equity are two sides of the same coin, but they are often pursued on parallel tracks.  Communities can and must change the odds for their young people by vigilantly addressing the persistent traps and gaps that put some groups of youth at a persistent disadvantage.  But communities also have to see young people and their families as critical to the change process.  This means that our goal for disadvantaged or disconnected youth cannot be to just get them "problem free."  We have to make sure that they are fully prepared to be agents of change in their own lives and their own communities.   The dictionary lists two definitions of readiness - to be willing and be prepared to step up to challenges.  Readiness is more than a diploma.  It is the combined set of social, emotional and academic competencies, skills and values that contribute to a young person's sense of agency and identity."

Summer Program Quality Summer
Connecting Summer Program Quality to Outcomes with Seattle Public Schools

December 2, 2017
1:00-2:00 pm EST
Is there a demonstrative connection between the quality of summer programs and academic outcomes? With the support of the Raikes Foundation, the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality has worked with Seattle Public Schools over two summers to investigate this question. This webinar will describe how a funder, school district curriculum designer and a technical assistance organization worked to implement the Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention (SLPQI) and gather data on quality using the Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment (SLPQA) and academic outcomes using a series of locally-based measures for literacy and math skills. The session will cover the preliminary results from the study, discuss next steps in the research, and describe how program providers can begin to implement the SLPQI in their own system.
Juvenile Justice jj
Leadership. Evidence. Analysis. Debate. Conference

April 6-7, 2017
Washington, DC
The fifth annual McCourt School of Public Policy's LEAD (Leadership. Evidence. Analysis. Debate.) Conference, Moving from Research to Policy and Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth, will be held at Georgetown University on April 6-7, 2017.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform is hosting the event in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. The two-day conference, featuring Karen Pittman as one of the panel moderators, will explore how to utilize research to create sound policies and practices to best meet the needs of youth and their families. It will be a mix of plenary and breakout sessions covering topics in juvenile justice, child welfare, education and behavioral health.

For more information, click here.
Pathways to Progress: Forging Strategies to Broaden Impact Issue Brief
In a new issue brief, Equal Measure describes how Citi Pathways to Progress initiative grantees are scaling their program models to enhance their reach. In 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million initiative in the United States to help 100,000 low-income youth - ages 16 to 24 - develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to compete in a 21st century economy.
The issue brief compiles lessons learned and recommendations on how to invest in the necessary infrastructure and capacity to support scaling up promising programs.

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