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Ready News: December 13, 2012

Ready News
December 13, 2012

Defining Community Supports, Fighting Crime


Ready by 21 Webinar Series   

Defining Community Supports

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 3 p.m. ET

Raising ready children and youth requires a steady stream of supports from the full community to ensure that young people are not only problem-free, but also fully prepared and fully engaged. We'll discuss what leaders can do to identify performance measures to ensure that young people are receiving adequate supports across the systems and settings where they spend their time, as well as how to establish a system of accountability to measure progress.

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Every Child, Every Promise: Turning Failure Into Action

Nobel laureate James Heckman's 2006 economic case for investing in children has a simple bottom line: "Invest early in children - and don't stop." In this report from the America's Promise Alliance, Heckman and a colleague go further, explaining how "cumulative investments yield compounded returns."  Their position reflects new developments in neuroscience as well as more sophisticated econometric models that take into account more factors, both on the input and the output side of the equation.

View the report here >>
Crime-Fighting Strategy: High Expectations  When concerns about crime prompt calls for "get tough" crackdowns, how do youth advocates point the way to a better approach? Dave Hilliard, CEO of Wyman, wrote this op-ed for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, arguing that "we don't need martial law, we need a Marshall Plan" for young people. Hilliard employs for his argument the Ready by 21 Building Blocks for Effective Change, calling for "broader partnerships, bigger goals, better use of data and bolder actions to produce the young people and community we want."
Resources on hunger and homelessness 
Anyone who wants to show the economic and societal costs of youth hunger and homelessness will find valuable information in two new reports from ReadyNation. The Hidden Costs of the Housing Crisis and Reading, Writing and Hungry: The consequences of food insecurity on children, and on our nation's economic success, show how these struggles affect children and often lead to lower educational attainment and chronic health problems later in life.
Training to Improve Afterschool Delivery
The Forum's David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality offers its Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers, which prepares participants to lead professional development workshops for site-based staff.

Feb. 27-March 1, plus online training.
Read about this training here, and register here by Jan. 11. 
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