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Ready News: January 31, 2013

Ready News
January 31, 2013

Children's Cabinet Impact, Youth Master Plan Webinar


Children's Cabinet in Sync with Governor
When a state children's cabinet works in sync with the governor, the results can be powerful. In Minnesota, the children's cabinet recently put addressing the unmet mental health needs of children at the top of its to-do list, with the commissioners of each of its member agencies - Education, Human Services, and Health - dedicating resources to the cause. Then last week, the governor backed up that effort with funding.

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a biennial budget for 2014 and 2015 that would give schools money to expand access to mental health services for children with complex, high-cost conditions. The new resources would support independent mental health professionals in existing programs and provide grants for community health providers to create collaborative programs. The proposal includes numerical goals. See more in this short story. Find out more about children's cabinets here.

National Meeting Discount Deadline Extended
The Ready by 21 National Meeting
March 11 - 13, 2013 - We've just made it easier to save money on the Ready by 21 National Meeting. The early registration discount has been extended to Feb. 8. Don't forget about the team discount as well! Find out about discounts here.

The National Meeting will include a variety of session types and formats, from keynote speakers and plenary panels to small group discussions and peer learning circles. Connect with other leaders from around the country to strengthen your networks, apply what you learn and create solutions.

Youth Master Planning: A Road Map for Improved Outcomes for Youth
Feb. 14, 2 PM ET
A well-done child and youth master plan provides a blueprint for where a community is going - and more. Leaders use master plans as calls to action, generating excitement and rallying key players - from youth and families to business and philanthropic leaders - around the cause.

Learn from civic leaders as they share their experiences in implementing child and youth master plans in Nashville, Tenn., and Caldwell, Idaho.

Find out more here >>

How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity
Complex social problems cannot be solved by a single organization, predetermined solution or simple recipe. In a new Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity, FSG explores how collective impact creates the conditions for change to happen differently when new or unanticipated opportunities emerge.

New Partner is a Great Place to Work
One of the Forum's leading partners, SAS, has been ranked No. 2 on Fortune magazine's list of the 100 best companies to work for. Find out why, and see the full list, here. SAS is the nation's leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.

2012-2013 Christopher Columbus Awards
The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM competition for middle school students and teachers looking to make a difference in their community. Working in teams, students identify a problem in the community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 grant. Eligibility: schools (grades 6-8) and community groups. Deadline: Feb. 4. Find out more here.

AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competitions
AmeriCorps grants, funded by the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service, are awarded to eligible organizations engaged in evidence-based or evidence-informed (e.g. performance data, research, theory of change) interventions that use AmeriCorps members to strengthen communities. Deadline: Feb. 6. Find out more here.

National Conference on Education
The annual conference by the American Association of School Administrators (a Ready by 21 National Partner) focuses on four themes: Common Core and its assessments, teacher and principal evaluations, getting students college and career ready, and social media in schools. Jean Walker, co-chair of the Ready by 21 Leadership Council, and Bryan Joffe, director for education and youth development at AASA, will facilitate a workshop about Ready by 21.

When & Where: Feb. 21-23, Los Angeles, Calif.
Find out more here.

Grad Nation Summit
Hundreds of educators, policymakers, business leaders, young people and staff from community organizations will meet at the third annual summit, sponsored by America's Promise (a Ready by 21 National Partner), to combat the dropout crisis.

When & Where: Feb. 24-26, Washington, D.C.
Find out more here.

Georgetown Public Policy Institute LEAD Conference, Washington, D.C., Jan. 24-25 - Forum CEO Karen Pittman moderated the Models of Progress panel about innovative community collaboration, policies and leadership that have promoted a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of at-risk children and youth. Find out more here.
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