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Ready News: February 27, 2014

Ready News
February 27, 2014

Coordinating State Policy for Better Youth Services


Coordinating State Policy for Better Youth Services

State officials and advocates looking for ways to create or strengthen youth coordinating bodies have a new resource.  

The Ready by 21 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S is the nation's only survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies (e.g., children's cabinets, early childhood councils and P-20/P-16 education councils). The survey assesses coordinating bodies in the areas of partnerships, goals, data, accomplishments and challenges. This biennial survey was conducted in 2011 and again in 2013, in hopes that the decisions, lessons and experiences it documents can serve as tools for state leaders and coordinating bodies. 

 News & Resources

United Ways Can Use Flex Credit for National Meeting 

The third annual Ready by 21 National Meeting will bring together hundreds of leaders like you who are working to improve the odds for young people through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement.

Just announced: United Ways are now able to use flex credits to attend this year's meeting.

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Feedback from last year's conference:

"More than most conferences, this conference and its participants really valued networking, supporting one another and group learning processes."


Collective Impact

Funding Your Collective Impact Effort: The Basics - Webinar

Backbone support lies at the heart of collective impact efforts. As the engine of change, it is critical that backbone support functions be sustainably funded. On this free Forum webinar, Emily Jensen, the Forum's lead development officer, will focus on how to fund your collective impact efforts in the current economic climate and will share examples from communities that have found success.

March 3, 3:00 p.m. ET
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Collective Impact

 Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes

Join this three-day workshop to learn how to create the five conditions of collective impact through clear, sequenced steps - from partnership creation, community engagement and goal setting through to problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a Big Picture Approach to tackle a range of underlying issues in their communities, and focus on implementing the nuts and bolts of collective impact strategies.

March 4-6, Silver Spring, Md.
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Expanded Learning

Making the Grade: Assessing the Evidence for Integrated Student Supports - Webinar

At-risk students often face the hardest road to educational success. This webinar will discuss findings from Child Trends' new research on the integrated student supports (ISS) approach to improving academic success. Participants will also look at how ISS models apply child and youth development principles and education research findings to build successful programs.

March 6, 2:30 p.m. ET
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