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Ready News: February 7, 2013

Ready News
February 7, 2013

Collective Impact & Opportunity Youth; Power of Afterschool Programs


Collective Impact and Opportunity Youth
The Forum for Youth Investment is excited to announce that Melody Barnes, former domestic policy adviser to President Obama, will be among the featured speakers at the Ready by 21 National Meeting next month. Barnes, who served as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and now chairs the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, will talk about the intersection of collective impact and opportunity youth.
The early registration discount for the National Meeting expires at the end of this week. Find out more about the National Meeting here.

Youth Master Planning: A Road Map for Improved Outcomes for Youth
Feb. 14, 2 PM ET
A well-done child and youth master plan provides a blueprint for where a community is going - and more. Leaders use master plans as calls to action, generating excitement and rallying key players - from youth and families to business and philanthropic leaders - around the cause.

Learn from civic leaders as they share their experiences in implementing child and youth master plans in Nashville, Tenn., and Caldwell, Idaho.

Find out more here >>

Nashville, Tenn.: Building a Big-Picture Action Plan
This is a story about how city leaders engaged their entire community to create a shared vision for their youth and a master plan to carry out that vision. Today that vision and plan, established in conjunction with the Forum for Youth Investment's Ready by 21 strategies, provide the framework for delivering Nashville's youth services and supports.

View the case study>>

The Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning
An inspiring book released this week provides examples from around the country of how the "non-school hours" are turning into "learning hours" for many children and youth. Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, includes articles by more than 100 researchers, educators, community leaders, policymakers and practitioners - including an article by Nicole Yohalem, special projects director at the Forum for Youth Investment, and Bob Granger, president of the William T. Grant Foundation. They review progress made over the past 15 years on improving the quality and impact of programs, and discuss recommendations for advancing the field. Read that article and more about the book at SparkAction.

Case Studies in Nonprofit Collaboration
Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) has released a case study, youthCONNECT: A (Net)Work in Progress, that provides an insider's look at the efforts of six high-performing nonprofits to build a common outcomes framework and monitoring system. VPP Chairman Mario Marino describes the case study as "candid about the complexities and concrete in ways that can be very helpful for all leaders who recognize that the goals they share are not achievable without harnessing efforts of multiple nonprofits within a region."
Juvenile Justice/Mental Health Collaborations
With mental health and crime so much in the news, a recent issue brief from Models for Change is timely: Juvenile Justice and Mental Health: A Collaborative Approach, explains the benefits of a collaborative model for juvenile justice and mental health. That collaboration includes "all relevant youth-serving agencies and families." This summary from Reclaiming Futures includes a link to the report.

Youth Program Quality Scorecard: Leading Indicators of Youth Engagement
Join this webinar to learn about a process for leveraging organizational quality indicators that go beyond point-of-service quality. The Leading Indicators can be used as a diagnostic assessment of the policies and practices that support youth engagement. You can feed data from parents, youth and staff back to programs (as well as to state, federal or foundation funders) for localized improvement in large-scale, multi-site programs.
When: Feb. 12, 1 p.m. ET
Register here.
National Conference on Education
The annual conference by the American Association of School Administrators (a Ready by 21 National Partner) focuses on four themes: Common Core and its assessments, teacher and principal evaluations, getting students college and career ready, and social media in schools. Jean Walker, co-chair of the Ready by 21 Leadership Council, and Bryan Joffe, director for education and youth development at AASA, will facilitate a workshop about Ready by 21.

When & Where: Feb. 21-23, Los Angeles, Calif.
Find out more here.

Grad Nation Summit
Hundreds of educators, policymakers, business leaders, young people and staff from community organizations will meet at the third annual summit, sponsored by America's Promise (a Ready by 21 National Partner), to combat the dropout crisis.

When & Where: Feb. 24-26, Washington, D.C.
Find out more here.

Youth Work Management - Training of Trainers (TOT)
This training by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality is targeted at managers and site leaders who wish to support their sites throughout the center's quality improvement cycle. The course consists of three weeks of distance learning, two days of live training, and one week of distance follow-up. Graduates of the Management TOT can facilitate Planning with Data and Quality Coaching workshops, as well as provide comprehensive logistical and professional development support to staff who are involved in the improvement process.
When & Where: St. Paul, Minn., April 4-5
Find out more here.
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