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Ready News: January 26, 2017

Ready News
January 26, 2017

The Forum for Youth Investment Expands Its Expert Consulting Bench


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
We are very excited to announce that we are increasing the bench strength of Big Picture Approach (BPA) Consulting through the addition of four powerhouse field experts.  Each consultants in their own right, they will also be doing some of their business as part of the BPA team because they believe building the capacity of partnerships can significantly improve outcomes for children and youth. 
Priscilla Little, who has been heading up The Wallace Foundation's work on Out-of-School Time Systems Building, is joining BPA Consulting to build out our portfolio of multi-site initiatives.  Formerly with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Patricia Nagelkirk has more than a decade of practice with cross-sector, systemic partnerships including the Northern Kentucky Education Council. Bonnie Politz first worked with Karen Pittman and Merita Irby, the Forum's co-founders, at the AED Center for Youth Development and Policy Research (CYD), which she later directed. Before CYD, she began her work on local collaboratives in the DC government and with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Shanetta Martin has also rejoined the Forum as part of this expanded team, bringing her years of experience as an independent consultant in the Southwest U.S. working on systems change, nonprofit collaboration and community engagement.
Opportunity Youth OY
Opportunity Nation: Restoring the American Dream Series
Wednesday, February 15
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Washington, DC
The very promise on which America was founded - equal opportunity for all - is out of reach for too many. On February 15, Opportunity Nation, along with co-conveners Gap Inc. and the Forum for Youth Investment, will bring together bipartisan leaders and young adults from the Coalition on Capitol Hill for the first in the "Restoring the American Dream" series. This initial conversation will focus on solutions to reengage one million Opportunity Youth.
Building on the work of the 2016 National Opportunity Summit, Opportunity Nation has launched a series of convenings on Restoring the American Dream to highlight the six Opportunity Millennium Goals laid out in the Our Opportunity Nation plan, which was signed by more than 130 members of the Opportunity Nation Coalition. Opportunity Nation members unite to promote innovative, evidence-based strategies to reinvigorate the American Dream and restore the country's promise of opportunity for all.
Family and Community Engagement FCE
2017 National Family and Community Engagement Conference

June 22 - 24, 2017
San Francisco, Calif.
The 2017 National Family and Community Engagement Conference, presented by the Institute for Educational Leadership, supports all who strive for excellence in family-school-community partnerships. Participants will access four major plenaries presenting leadership perspectives from a multitude of backgrounds, including the high-impact work taking place locally in the Bay Area.
Engaging Families: Transformational Moments, Sustainable Practices is a field-building, personal and professional development event that focuses on knowledge areas such as early support and intervention, relationship building and trust, building adult capacities and parent leadership and advocacy.
Dedicated Funding fund
Early Childhood Leaders Convene Around Financing Options to Expand Programs 
North Carolina Chambers of Commerce leaders, county commissioners, early learning program providers, private foundations, community organizations, local school board members, Smart Start local partnerships and business leaders recently spent a day together discussing how to make greater local investments in young children. Thirty leaders from Buncombe, Durham and Forsyth counties learned about local financing options to expand early learning programs in their communities.
The training was led by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) and the NC Budget and Tax Center (BTC). The Forum's Elizabeth Gaines also presented local examples and lessons learned from around the country. The training built on NCECF's earlier publication Local Funding for Early Learning: A Community Toolkit. The toolkit provides information and steps for considering a local financing initiative - detailing strategies, opportunities and challenges, getting to action and results. One workshop participant suggested, "If your community is considering locally expanding early care and education services, this toolkit and workshop are essential to your planning." More about the North Carolina financing workshop can be found here.
Culture of Health Leaders Application Process Open
Culture of Health Leaders are people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance a Culture of Health-one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.
Culture of Health Leaders is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership development opportunity for people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance health and equity. Through this program, leaders will be prepared to collaborate and provide transformative leadership to address health equity in their communities.
The Culture of Health Leaders program includes representation from fields as diverse as architecture, education, urban farming, the arts and many others. As new leaders are brought on board, the search is on for even broader representation from every field and profession across the private, public, nonprofit and social enterprise sectors.
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017. Learn more and apply.
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