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Ready News: December 19, 2013

Ready News
December 19, 2013

YouthBuild Grads Stir Inspiration and Anger


 YouthBuild Grads Stir Inspiration and Anger 

YouthBuild's board of directors recently gathered to hear six graduates from the Sasha Bruce YouthBuild Program discuss their pasts, their futures and the transformations they experienced because of the program.


But one story stood out - that of Charmia Carolina, who told of going from "rock bottom to high heaven." In her latest blog, Forum CEO Karen Pittman shares that story and reflects on what it reveals about our abilities and limitations to help young people turn around their lives.

 News & Resources

Substance Abuse


Calling All Youth Champions Against Drug Abuse

In honor of National Drug Facts Week, held Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, SparkAction (a division of the Forum for Youth Investment) is accepting applications to find the Top 24 Under 24 Mythbusters. They are seeking youth who are informing and empowering peers to make smart decisions about drug and alcohol use.


Learn more and nominate yourself or someone you know by Jan. 17.

Collective Impact


Achieving Collective Impact

Do you have a collective impact effort underway that you are trying to strengthen and improve? Join this FREE webinar to hear about the big questions you will need to consider as you align existing community efforts and identify the backbone supports necessary for success in achieving collective impact.


Jan. 15, 2:30 p.m. ET

Find out more.

Job Openings

Policy Associate

The Forum for Youth Investment seeks an enthusiastic addition to its policy team. Potential candidates possess expertise in building cross-agency partnerships, strengthening youth policies, data sharing, resource alignment and community engagement. The Policy Associate will inform and advance policies and policymaking bodies at the state and federal levels to improve the work that communities do for young people. For more information, go here or contact

Ready by 21 National Meeting
Join hundreds of leaders from across the country who are dedicated to improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement.

April 22-24, Northern Kentucky

Find out more or enter for your chance to win a FREE registration!



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