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Ready News: February 23rd, 2018

Ready News
February 23, 2018

In This Issue: Juvenile Justice, Trauma Informed Care, Out-of-School Time, Social and Emotional Learning 

Collective Impact Learning Lab: Tools and Techniques for Achieving Results
June 5-7, 2018
Boston, Mass.
The Forum for Youth Investment and Collective Impact Forum are teaming up again to bring you a practical, hands-on, three-day workshop and coaching session designed for backbone leaders, steering committee members and other partners actively involved in collective impact.

The workshop is designed for leaders who are thinking about how the critical tasks of collective impact efforts can be staged and sequenced in order to move steadily towards improving outcomes. It is particularly useful for those in the early stages of forming or planning a collective impact initiative, or in the process of re-igniting or refreshing their initiative for the next phase of joint work. Special emphasis is given to tools and techniques that help leaders align and connect multiple issues and initiatives, identifying areas for joint planning and action.

Spaces are filling up quickly. 


The National League of Cities Offers Cities Help in Resolving Justice Reform Preemption
City leaders sometimes struggle to create effective local policy in the face of conflicting county or state laws. Instances where local and state policies collide can trigger harmful effects, including the over-representation of young adults in jail, especially young adults of color and with mental health or substance abuse issues. In response to these challenges, the National League of Cities (NLC) will work with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to form and support teams of city, county and state leaders in aligning local and state policies toward reducing the use of jails for young adults.

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) invites member cities to apply with a county partner to participate in the newly-formed Intergovernmental Policy Academy: Young Adults and the Justice System. City and county teams must come from one of 12 eligible states, including Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and West Virginia. Up to five diverse city-county teams will be selected to join legislators from their state to receive technical assistance toward aligning policies to improve public safety and reduce the overuse of jails, especially for young adults.


Child Trends Blog: Resources to Help Children in the Wake of a School Shooting
Processing the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida is difficult for both adults and children. This tragic event, along with the many others occurring at an alarming rate, is difficult to understand and even more difficult to talk about. Adults need to help children and young people process these types of events, and Child Trends recently released a blog filled with tips and suggestions on how to have a frank discussion. What children need to know, and how we talk with them about such tragedies, is best considered through a developmental lens.


Bridging the Gap Between Afterschool and Workforce
An American Youth Policy Forum & Afterschool Alliance Webinar
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2:00 - 3:15pm ET
Employability skills like communication and critical thinking are among the most desired by employers, but evidence suggests a gap in those skills among young workers. To address this gap, the afterschool sector is finding ways to provide high quality skill-building experiences outside of the classroom to create stronger connections to the labor market.

This webinar will focus on two new white papers: "Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Alignment", released by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and "Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool", released by Afterschool Alliance. Both publications examine how afterschool and summer learning can help more youth develop the competencies desired by employers.


National Study: San Diego's Fern Street Circus Helps At-Risk Youth Develop Social and Emotional Skills
Tight wire, tumbling, unicycle, juggling and clowning may not be skills normally associated with serious social and emotional development, but a new study released in January is changing that.
The Forum's Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality found that at-risk children in circus programs across the country showed considerable growth in areas such as emotional knowledge, goal pursuit and social skills.
"Circus combines art and sport for young people. Not only do they have an opportunity to sequentially gain skills that are very specific and have clear marketing points, but it's also a creative activity," said Fern Street Circus co-founder John Highkin.


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