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Ready News: July 11, 2013

Ready News
July 11, 2013

Talk to the White House About Strategies for Youth


Talk to the White House about Comprehensive Strategies for Youth
White House and federal agency officials will appear in a special webinar next week to discuss Obama administration plans to support comprehensive federal efforts to assist young people, especially disconnected youth. The webinar will focus on two initiatives to align and improve federal policies involving place-based interagency work, and will provide opportunities for feedback from participants.

Martha Moorehouse, a recipient of the Ready by 21 Policymaker of the Year Award and chair of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, and Sarah Oberlander, who leads the Working Group's production of, will present Pathways for Youth - the working group's draft strategic plan for federal collaboration.
Kathy Stack (White House Office of Management and Budget) and Johan Uvin (Department of Education) will present the latest work from the Interagency Forum on Disconnected Youth, which they co-chair. Last year, on this webinar hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment, Stack asked participants to help shape the federal government's work through a Request for Information (RFI) about disconnected youth. Stack and Uvin discuss what they learned through the hundreds of responses to the RFI, and the next steps they plan to advance this work.

The event is hosted by the Forum in partnership with the National Collaboration for Youth, American Institutes for Research, the Campaign for Youth, the Children's Leadership Council and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions. It will be held twice to give more participants an opportunity to ask questions. Please register for only one.

July 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET. Click here to RSVP
July 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. Click here to RSVP

Who are the Nation's Top 24 Youth Changemakers?
On Independence Day, SparkAction and the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council released a list of the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers, featuring exemplary young people from across the country working to keep our democracy strong. These 24 individuals engage directly with government about policies: They have testified about HIV/AIDS in front of presidential commissions, helped redesign foster care, crafted innovative approaches to solving the national debt, and worked with city and tribal governments to overhaul local environmental policies, to name just a few of their activities.

The initiative was picked up by PBS, the Huffington Post and other media outlets. View the list at SparkAction is a division of the Forum for Youth Investment.

Students Transforming Communities and Schools
To see how students can have a real voice in local education issues, tune in to this recent briefing session in Washington, D.C., that focused on three organizations that have done such work in urban school districts. Hear students talk about their experiences as young leaders taking action to fix important aspects of education to better meet the needs of young people. The event was moderated by Thaddeus Ferber, vice president of policy advocacy at the Forum for Youth Investment.

How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes through Collective Impact
How can your community partnerships achieve community outcomes? What supports do partnerships need to achieve collective impact? What are the key steps in collaborative efforts to improve community conditions and outcomes?

Get the answers to these and other questions about how to create lasting, community-wide change at a special learning program presented by the Forum for Youth Investment and United Way Worldwide.

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes is built around the key steps to achieving measureable outcomes, such as problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Learn how to take a big picture approach to tackle underlying issues in your community. See what action planning looks like when many organizations share responsibility for results.

When & Where: Oct. 8-10, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Va.
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Training for Youth Work Management
Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? This Training of Trainers is for managers and site leaders who wish to support their sites throughout the quality improvement cycle developed by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Graduates of this Youth Work Management Training of Trainers course can facilitate the Weikart Center's Planning with Data and Quality Coaching workshops, and provide comprehensive support to staff who are involved in the process.
When & Where: Sept. 26-7, Seattle, Wash.
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