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Ready News: February 9, 2017

Ready News
February 9, 2017
Karen Pittman to Deliver Samuel Halperin Lecture



News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
On April 26, 2017, The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) will host the third annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award in Washington, D.C.

This year's keynote will be the Forum's Karen Pittman. The lecture and youth award serve as an ongoing tribute to Samuel Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes.

The Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award serves to recognize youth ages 18 to 24 who demonstrate the spirit of and commitment to public service and who have faced and overcome barriers and challenges to success. The winner of the essay competition will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and be asked to read his/her essay at the April event. The deadline for submission is 5:00pm on Friday, March 17. Visit here for more information on the event and the award. 
Relationships r
Search Institute Releases "Relationships First: Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive"
Relationships are essential for positive youth development. This has been demonstrated and confirmed time and again by many researchers. Saying this and doing this are two different things. To get specific about how adults and peers can effectively support young people, Search Institute recently released "Relationships First: Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive," the first part of a larger initiative to "understand the qualities of relationships that contribute to positive youth development." Click here to download the report (name and email required for download).
Social, Emotional and Academic Development SEAD
The Youth Speak: Thoughts on Social, Emotional & Academic Development in K-12 Education
Social and emotional development is difficult work but is inextricably linked to the success of young people. Students who have a sense of belonging and purpose, who can work well with their peers and who have the abilities to reliably meet commitments and fulfill obligations are far more likely to reach their full potential.

On the latest Thought Leader Roundtable session, Karen Pittman spoke with four members of the Aspen Youth Commission, who are providing critical input and perspective to the National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development's deliberations.  The youth commissioners, all college students, discussed their roles as youth representatives on the commission; their understanding of the importance of social, emotional and academic skills for youth success; and their thoughts on what K-12 schools can do to support skill development.

Click here to listen to the recording.
Working Families WF
New Jersey Conference Emphasizes Collaboration and Participation to Support Working Families
Recently, New Jersey community leaders came together to discuss how best to support low-income working families. These families need to be active participants in creating solutions and programs, participants concluded. The Forum's Thaddeus Ferber spoke at the event, highlighting the need for and difficulty in sustaining collaboration between government agencies and private organizations. The event was organized by the Pascale Sykes Foundation, which focuses on working with entire families and not just on certain parts of those families, such as children or parents.

Read a summary of the event.
Supporting Disconnected Boys and Young Men of Color Toolkit
This new toolkit released by the Opportunity Youth Network (OYN) highlights promising practices, strategies and resources to help communities support 16 to 24 year-old boys and young men of color who are neither in school nor employed. Such young people - commonly referred to as "opportunity youth" or "disconnected youth" - have distinct talents and needs and require dedicated strategies above and beyond those targeted at boys and young men of color more generally. 
The Opportunity Youth Network developed this toolkit to help communities take action to reconnect disconnected boys and young men of color. The toolkit begins with a set of cross-cutting strategies and then is organized by the six critical milestones enshrined by the White House's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge: entering school ready to learn; reading at grade level by third grade; graduating from high school ready for college and career; completing postsecondary education or training; successfully entering the workforce; and reducing violence and providing a second chance. Each section includes an overview, strategies for taking action, and links to key organizations and resources.

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