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Ready News: December 20, 2012

Ready News
December 20, 2012

Presidential Youth Council, Improving Education


Moving Toward a Presidential Youth Council

The movement to create a council of young people to advise the White House about youth policies is gaining momentum.


Six U.S. senators recently introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting the creation of a Presidential Youth Council - a body of 16- to 24-year-olds who would advise the president and his cabinet, offer suggestions on the design and implementation of youth policies, and make recommendations on long-term issues affecting the nation. The council would provide young people involved in public systems (such as education, juvenile justice and child welfare) with a direct line of communication to officials who oversee those systems.


SparkAction - the Forum's collaborative journalism and advocacy site - provides organizational support to the youth-led Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. The resolution was authored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N. M.). Read about the movement and the latest developments on this blog.


Rethinking Research and Development in Education 
Anyone working to improve educational practice knows that sustaining improvements can be just as difficult as instituting them. A learning community facilitated by the Forum for Youth Investment and the William T. Grant Foundation is exploring how redefining the relationship between research and practice can help address these challenges. The group includes teams from nine research-practice partnerships, including the Carnegie Foundation's Building Teacher Effectiveness Network (BTEN).


At their most recent meeting, the teams learned more about BTEN and the improvement science methodology that anchors it. This paper discusses improvement science and how ideas that have driven large-scale improvements in healthcare are moving into the education field.


Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants 

Sodexo Foundation is offering young people (ages five to 25) $500 grants for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees and other community members to address childhood hunger. Deadline: Jan. 31. Find out more here.


2012-2013 Christopher Columbus Awards
The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM competition for middle school students and teachers looking to make a difference in their community. Working in teams, students identify a problem in the community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 grant. Eligibility: schools (grades 6-8) and community groups. Deadline: Feb. 4. Find out more here.


Ready by 21 National Meeting

It's time to once again come together to share our experiences, to learn from each other and to hear new ideas - at the second annual Ready by 21 National Meeting.


The National Meeting will bring together hundreds of leaders from all over the country who dedicate themselves to improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement. You'll hear about research, experiences and strategies for creating change and measuring impact in programs, communities and states. You'll learn how leaders have:

  • Adopted Standards for creating effective change.
  • Implemented Solutions to achieve goals.
  • Achieved Success that can be measured.

Look for more information in the coming weeks through emails and on the Ready by 21 National Meeting website.


When & Where: March 11-13, Atlanta.


Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children and Youth
Registration is open for the inaugural Georgetown Public Policy Institute LEAD Conference (Leadership. Evidence. Analysis. Debate.) which brings together experts and key stakeholders to examine a particular policy challenge and to discuss solutions. This year's theme is "Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children and Youth: Improving Lives Through Practice and System Reform." The event is presented by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.


Forum CEO Karen Pittman will moderate the Models of Progress panel, about innovative community collaboration, policies and leadership that have promoted a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of at-risk children and youth.

When: Jan. 24-25, Washington, D.C.
Find out more here.  


Training to Improve Afterschool Delivery

Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? 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. 


U.S. Virgin Islands Children and Families Council, Dec. 12 - Elizabeth Gaines, senior policy director, joined First Lady Cecile de Jongh and the members of the council for their recent meeting in St. Croix. Gaines shared best practices of Children's Cabinets from across the country and highlighted how these government entities can utilize Ready by 21 tools to enhance their work.

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