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Ready News: July 19, 2012

Ready News
July 19, 2012

Collaborations for Youth Abound


Collaborations for Youth Abound - But Collaboration Does Not 
A new survey about community-based collaborations working on behalf of young people backs up what many leaders feel: Communities have lots of youth-focused coalitions, but those groups often don't collaborate with each other.

"They are working in silos somewhat unaware of one another's initiatives," said one respondent to the Collaborative Bodies in Communities Survey, conducted by the Forum for Youth Investment and the National Collaboration for Youth.

Some communities, however, reported having broad, cross-cutting groups that help to coordinate providers and coalitions. Find out more in this four-page summary. The Forum will soon post more data from the survey. Meanwhile, see these resources to align and strengthen coalitions, commissions and intermediaries.

July 31, 2012, 3 p.m. ET 

Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment that helps communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. This webinar will guide participants through the essential components of Ready by 21 - the rationale behind Ready by 21, tools and services available to communities and leaders, and the Ready by 21 National Partnership - an unprecedented coalition of organizations representing the government, education, nonprofit, business, research and philanthropy sectors.


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What Do You Want To Take Stock Of? Exploring the Gallup Student Poll Webinar Recording

To make good decisions, leaders need complete data from all the settings and systems where young people spend their time. They need information about youths' physical and mental health, afterschool activities, employment and family structure, and more. Better data helps leaders use their resources more efficiently and effectively.

This webinar discussed understanding youth outcomes through the Gallup Student Poll, a measure that tracks the hope, engagement and well-being of students in grades 5 through 12. 


Welcome Aboard: Canada's B&G Clubs
The movement to improve the quality of youth services knows no borders: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada has joined the growing number of systems that use the Forum's Youth Program Quality Improvement (YPQI) process and Youth Program Quality Assessment tool (Youth PQA). The pilot program will cover 15 sites.

The YPQI is an evidence-based model that helps out-of-school time (OST) programs and systems implement a continuous improvement cycle of assessment, planning and improving. The Youth PQA is an observational assessment that gives those providers feedback about their instructional quality and workforce development needs. Read more here. Both are administered by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a division of the Forum.

The BGCC has more than 100 member clubs serving more than 200,000 youth. The YPQI and YPQA are also used at Boys & Girls Clubs of America sites.

Getting College Readiness Right
Why do discussions and definitions of college readiness focus almost exclusively on academics, when those working most closely with students see a much more complicated picture? This blog from the Tennessee College Access and Success Network says we need to broaden our concepts of college readiness beyond academics.

Collaborating for Foster Youth
Those working to help foster youth succeed can learn from a collaboration that started in one Indiana county and is going statewide. Youth Law News explains how the Foster Youth Education Initiative brings together schools, government agencies, nonprofits and families.

Partnerships: Shifting the Dynamics between Research and Practice
What happens when you bring together researchers with educators from urban school districts working on long-term institutional collaborations? The W.T. Grant Foundation is finding out, through a learning community it recently launched in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment to strengthen research-practice partnerships in education. In this two-pager, Foundation Vice President Vivian Tseng summarizes the discussion so far and explains how these partnerships "can sharpen the field's understanding of how to build stronger connections between research and practice." (Click on the PDF link.) Learn more about the learning community here.

Teaching Life Skills and 'Grit'
Youth Today describes the results of the National Research Council report, Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century, which shows that students need to learn not just the three Rs but also "21st century workplace" skills like problem-solving, collaboration and critical thinking.
Wanted: Young Heroes
GenerationOn and Hasbro challenge young people to be heroes in their communities this summer through Action Heroes Needed.  Through Aug. 20, youth can act together or on their own to pick a cause, choose a project (or create their own), and report on it for a chance to be selected for a $500 mini-grant.

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Communications Planning: Making the Most of Your Resources
The number of ways to share news about your good work grows each month. Unfortunately, your time doesn't. How do you decide where to focus?
This free webinar will highlight methods to reach key audiences. Learn more about setting goals, targeting audiences, identifying messages and messengers and implementing tactics - all to create a communications plan that produces results and deploys your resources efficiently.

Host: America's Promise Alliance
When: July 26, 1:30 p.m. ET.
Find out more here. (Free, but Registration with on America's Promise Alliance website required.)
Causes, Correlates and Pathways of Multi-System Involved Youth: Research, Data and What We Know
Presenters in this free webinar will highlight research about the characteristics of youth who cross over between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and about their experiences in those systems.

Host: U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
When: July 26, 2 p.m. ET
Find out more here.

The Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back
The 10th Annual Bridge Conference brings together afterschool and youth development professionals, school leaders, funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and business leaders from across the country. The conference focuses on research, cutting-edge resources and strategies for strengthening services. This year's theme is Empower Youth Voices.

The Forum's David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality will play a prominent role: Staff will facilitate sessions about improving program quality, and Executive Director Charles Smith will deliver a keynote address.

Host: School's Out Washington
When: Oct. 8-9, Seattle
Find out more here.
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