Youth Voices Spur Community Action
While community leaders have lots of statistics about young people as students - such as test scores and graduation rates - they typically have little data to answer the bigger question: "How are young people doing overall?" In the small city of Indianola, Miss., that's changing.
Indianola leaders are using local data in new ways to get a more complete picture of their young people, to listen to their concerns and to take action. That data - including new details from a student poll - have spurred a series of community conversations among government leaders, educators, business people, parents and youth. Read on to find out more about the data and conversations that are leading this small town to make big changes.
Collaboration Builds a NEST for Homeless Youth
For years, community leaders in Georgetown, Texas, searched for ways to provide a special place for homeless and transitioning teens - a place to get a meal, to find a mentor, to get some sleep. Today young people get all that and more at The NEST, an idea that became a reality through a community collaboration's smart use of data, communications and shared goals.
The NEST (Nurturing, Empowering, Supporting for Tomorrow) is no standard drop-in shelter. Find out about what it does and how leaders made it happen in this 600-word story.
New Type of Student Poll Takes Schools Beyond Academics
When school leaders in one Northern Kentucky community saw the results of an enhanced version of the Gallup Student Poll, they were struck to find that many middle schoolers did not have high hopes about their futures. School officials saw that they needed to nurture and engage middle schoolers beyond the classroom - and worked with community partners to create new afterschool programming to address that need. This short story explains the enhanced poll and how one school district used the results.