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Ready News: January 22, 2015

Ready News
January 22, 2015

Fiscal Map Steers Leaders Toward New Paths


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Fiscal Map Steers Leaders Toward New Paths

The news was good in Hennepin County, Minn.: Teen pregnancies were down, thanks in part to a county initiative aimed at helping youth delay parenthood. But progress was threatened by the looming expiration of a federal grant that funded the lion's share of that work.

"We knew there were more resources to support healthy youth development and teen pregnancy prevention," says the manager of the initiative. "But we didn't know where all those resources were, or if they were being used for the greatest needs and in the most effective way."

Today, BTH is finding answers through a fiscal map: a data tool that tracks where public and private funding comes from and where it goes. The Forum for Youth Investment created the map, implemented a survey of local funding sources and analyzed the data. Read how it was done.

Train for Youth Work Management

Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? This Training of Trainers helps managers and site leaders support their sites throughout the quality improvement cycle developed by the Forum's Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Graduates of this Youth Work Management Training of Trainers course can facilitate the Weikart Center's Planning with Data and Quality Coaching workshops, and provide comprehensive support to staff who are involved in the process. Registration deadline is March 6.     

April 14-15, Houston, Texas
Find out more.

Re-engaging Young People in Secondary Education  

Stemming from the Don't Call Them Dropouts report and based on listening to young people who didn't graduate in four years, America's Promise Alliance's Center for Promise released Back to School: Exploring Promising Practices for Re-Engaging Young People in Secondary Education. The paper explores ways to strengthen and expand re-engagement options for young people who need more time or different pathways to finish school. The paper is a resource for educators, practitioners, community stakeholders, communications professionals and policymakers interested in supporting out-of-school youth who wish to obtain a high school credential.
Collaboration Collab

Calling All Collaborative Community Efforts  

The  Community Tool Box, created by the University of Kansas, is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting an Out of the Box Prize to honor exemplary approaches to promoting community health and development happening in communities worldwide. First place: $5,000; second place: $3,000.

Your community group's work may involve activities to improve community health, education, urban or rural development; or to address poverty, the environment or promote social justice. To learn more, please download an application form.

Community Schools for Positive Impact   

Are you a local community school that is organizing community resources to improve results for young people? If so, the Coalition for Community Schools is looking to showcase the great work you are doing.

Community schools can apply for the Individual Community Schools Award ($2,500) or the Community Schools Initiative ($5,000). Awardees are expected to exemplify the coalition's belief that schools and communities are inextricably connected and must work closely together for the benefit of very child. 

Find out more and apply now.



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