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Ready News: January 26, 2012

Ready News
January 26, 2012

This week's Ready News presents the new Ready by 21 Video, how to learn from new data and reaching disabled youth.

Ready by 21 Gets AnimatedReady by 21 - AASA
Leaders who are working to get young people ready by 21 for college, work and life have a new way to spread the word: An animated video that explains the Ready by 21 approach and challenges viewers to fundamentally change how they guide children and youth to success.    
The video, released this week by the American Association of School Administrators, "is a call to action for leaders around the country to work together better," said Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, which manages Ready by 21. "This video delivers a powerful message about how we can help get all young people ready for college, work and life." 

Introduction to the Ready by 21 Strategies
January 31, 2012 3 PM ET
Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment that helps communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 provides clear standards to achieve collective impact, tools and solutions to help leaders make progress, and ways to measure and track success along the way. This webinar will guide participants through the essential components of Ready by 21 - the rationale behind Ready by 21, tools and services available to communities and leaders, and the Ready by 21 National Partnership.

Dimensions of a Leadership Council
Creating fundamental change for youth in your community or state requires a leadership council:  a group of leaders that coordinates the efforts of the myriad stakeholders from government, businesses, nonprofits and education. This chart outlines the important factors to consider when creating an overarching leadership body for youth issues. This chart can be used to assess a current leadership council or can help communities form a new one.

This chart outlines the questions that need to be asked when forming an overarching leadership council or when selecting an existing entity to serve in the function.  

<< The importance of creating a Leadership Council will be discussed in our next webinar! 


Learning from Gallup Data - and Taking Action

Want to learn more about the engagement, hope and well-being of youth in your community? A recent webinar about the Gallup Student Poll tells you how. Kris Minor of the Forum for Youth Investment shares information about the poll, and Polly Lusk Page of the Northern Kentucky Education Council talks about how a team there is using new Gallup data to improve the ways that schools and services connect. Listen here.

From Geek to Chic: Using Data to Improve Outcomes
Anyone who's trying to collect better data and share it more effectively would have gotten a lot out of the Data Quality Campaign National Data Summit in Washington, D.C., last week. The Forum for Youth Investment's Danielle Evennou was there and
blogged about cutting-edge efforts to develop and implement effective data systems for the benefit of young people.

Partnering for Youth with Disabilities
Where do young people with disabilities fit in your efforts to help all youth in your community or state? The value of working across sectors on behalf of those young people was on display last week at the annual IDEA Partnership Meeting, where Ready by 21 was explained to a receptive audience.
Here's the connection between the partnership's work and Ready by 21.

Mentoring Young Researchers
The youth field needs researchers to study such things as youth development and the impact of interventions, which is why a gathering in New York last week was important. The William T. Grant Foundation hosted a meeting for its scholars and mentees about mentoring and career development for junior researchers of color. The conversations and resources aimed to strengthen mentoring in academia, support young researchers of color in navigating careers in higher education, and promote the role of mentoring in the development of new and emerging scholars. In support of the foundation's work, the Forum for Youth Investment developed a mentoring resource, Pay It Forward: Guidance for Mentoring Junior Scholars.
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