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Ready News: January 12, 2017

Ready News
January 12, 2017

Palm Beach County Releases Youth Master Plan

News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
An alliance of Palm Beach County community leaders recently released the Palm Beach County Youth Master Plan, a blueprint for setting priorities and taking action to improve the lives of children and youth in the county.  The plan identifies key data and work streams that helped guide the planning process, such as community conversations, a youth survey and an analysis of youth-serving programs currently available. The plan then shares key outcomes, action areas and recommended next steps and initial priorities for the work.
The alliance, Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures, has been working with the many coalitions, networks and youth-serving organizations that serve and support youth in the county. The group has also connected with families, community members and local youth to develop the plan's priorities, and is committed to continuing that engagement. The Forum supported the Palm Beach County Youth Master Plan with technical assistance, neutral facilitation, coaching, data tools and other supports.

Out-of-School Time OST
Out-of-School Time Book Series Call for Ideas
Are you involved in an innovative out-of-school time (OST) program? Do you know of some great ones in your community? If so, Information Age Publishing welcomes your ideas and recommendations as they launch a new series focused on research and promising practices to further grow and strengthen the OST field.

The "Current Issues in Out-of-School Time" book series will bridge research and practice by engaging in discussions on: research-informed practice and practice-informed research; emerging, innovative strategies in the field and groundbreaking research that is deepening our understanding of the what, why, and how of OST; and areas left unexplored or issues that demand urgent attention to improve the access, quality and diverse outcomes for all children and youth.

The call for book ideas is open until January 31, 2017. The series welcomes ideas for book topics that bring a multi-disciplinary approach and illuminate diverse and timely issues in the field. Some sample topics include equity and access, OST programs' impact across diverse outcomes, school-community partnerships and systems integration to support learning and increase alignment. For more information, visit here.
Program Quality PQ
Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality Upcoming Training Opportunities
The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality partners with networks of youth programs to implement evidence-based quality improvement and accountability systems. To help build local capacity, the Weikart Center regularly offers trainings around the country to prepare participants to lead their quality improvement process. Some upcoming opportunities include:

Youth Work METHODS Training of Trainers (Methods TOT)
  • Denver, Colo. -  March 8-10, 2017
  • Seattle, WA - March 22 - 24, 2017
Youth Work MANAGEMENT Training of Trainers (Management TOT)
  • Miami, Fla. - February 13-14, 2017
Young Men of Color MofC
Boosting College Success Among Men of Color: Promising Approaches and Next Steps
A new brief by MDRC shares strategies used in interventions at colleges and universities aimed to improve outcomes for male students of color. While young men of color have college and career aspirations similar to those of their white counterparts, a significant gap persists between the two groups' postsecondary educational attainment. 
In response, colleges around the country have implemented targeted programs offering male students of color a variety of support services. Yet few of these initiatives have been evaluated. MDRC recently conducted a scan of 82 such programs. The need for evidence-based approaches that support men of color throughout the educational pipeline is evident, especially at the postsecondary level, where so many male students of color are close to reaching their goals and fulfilling their potential as college graduates. 
The Bad Kids Documentary Released Nationwide
"The Bad Kids", a new documentary that won a Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, is now opening in theaters nationwide. At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that, more than academics, it is love, empathy and life skills that give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty on the lives of these so-called "bad kids."

Learn more about the movie and its release schedule. Low Key Pictures is seeking to engage parents, teachers and policy makers in school districts across the country.  To this end, a planned series of 'town hall' screenings and audience feedback sessions has been planned to increase awareness, discourse and support for dropout intervention efforts targeted at low-income students. 
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