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Ready News: July 18, 2013

Ready News
July 18, 2013

State Policy Survey, Building Better OST Systems 


State Policy Survey Seeks Your Input
Does your state have a child and youth policy coordinating body? The Forum wants to know.
Young people's lives are influenced by a range of government sectors, from education to health, public safety, and juvenile justice. Over the past decade, states have been re-envisioning these fragmented, disconnected systems with more integration. The creation of a policy coordinating body has emerged as a lasting way for state leaders to improve effectiveness and efficiency among these systems.
Despite the rapid growth of these innovative leadership structures, there is little research on whether they are achieving their intended objectives. For this reason, the Forum is launching the second Ready by 21 State Policy Survey. Policy coordinating bodies come in many forms, such as Children's Cabinets and Commissions, P-16/P-20 Councils or Early Childhood Advisory Councils. Interested in participating? Contact


Building Better Afterschool Systems
Nearly 400 public officials, educators, youth program leaders, nonprofit workers and funders from across the country gathered in February for the Better Together Conference in Baltimore. Their mission: share lessons about building effective systems and encourage cities to better coordinate resources from multiple stakeholders.

A new report - Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool - summarizes the conference and features work that the Forum and the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality are doing on program quality improvement. The conference was co-sponsored by the Forum for Youth Investment and four partners: the Wallace Foundation, the National League of Cities, the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems and the American Youth Policy Forum.

The Role of Community Schools
A new report documents the work of placed-based initiatives (such as Promise Neighborhoods) to improve the lives of children and families. The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives shows how community schools align resources across systems to maximize their impact, and how they motivate local partners to adapt a common set of goals and metrics to track their work. Case studies include Portland and Multnomah County, Ore., Seattle and King County, Wash., and the Los Angeles Education Partnership. The report was done by the Coalition for Community Schools and several of its partners.

How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes through Collective Impact
How can your community partnerships achieve real 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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