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Ready News: January 8, 2015

Ready News
January 8, 2015

Tap into Leadership Potential


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.

Tap into Leadership Potential at the National Meeting
March 31 - April 2 | New Orleans 


How can you tap into the leadership potential within yourself and your community? Hear from Paul Schmitz, senior advisor to the Collective Impact Forum, as he invites the Ready by 21 National Meeting audience to explore strategies that develop authentic, inclusive and collaborative leaders.

In addition to his work with the Collective Impact Forum, Schmitz is also the first Innovator in Residence at Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact; the former CEO of Public Allies; and author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up.

The Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together hundreds of leaders like you who are working to improve the odds for young people through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement.  Find out more about:

We look forward to seeing you!

Competency Education Can Address Readiness Gaps - But Not Alone

Stephanie Krauss has seen up close the deep inequalities faced by many young people in under-resourced communities: through the experience of her brother, who attended one of the best public high schools in his state, versus the experience of students in the alternative high school that she ran, many of whom had attended "dropout factories." Krauss, senior fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment, was reminded of that stark reality as she read Jobs for the Future's latest report, Equity in Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles.

In her latest blog for Students at the Center, Krauss combines her experience and the report's findings to discuss some of the shocking truths about teens facing the "readiness gap."

Why Community Engagement and Process Matter 

Collective impact efforts are often discussed in terms of organizations or sectors, but what is often left out is the community itself. In this webinar, offered by the Collective Impact Forum, panelists will explore why it is important to involve the community, how it can be done within a collective impact initiative, and the challenges and pitfalls of engaging the community. 

Jan. 20, 1 p.m. ET
Find out more.

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Getting the Most Out of Afterschool Programs 

High-quality programming can improve academic performance, social skills and individual responsibility while decreasing risky behavior and misconduct. That requires qualified staff - but how does a program explain the impact of staff training to the public, funders and other stakeholders? Watch this five-minute video from School's Out Washington, an intermediary organization, about the impact of its Youth Program Quality Initiative. The initiative was developed and implemented in partnership with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a division of the Forum for Youth Investment.

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