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Ready News: June 1, 2017

Ready News
June 1, 2017

Better Evidence for Decision-Makers: Emerging Pathways from Existing Knowledge


June 1st, 2017
News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
There is increasingly broad consensus supporting the use of evidence to address critical social problems. Most notably, there has been widespread effort to determine which individual programs can demonstrate strong evidence of impact. A new report from the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Better Evidence for Decision-Makers: Emerging Pathways from Existing Knowledge, highlights examples and scholars that are moving the field of evidence-based policy forward. One of the scholars highlighted is the Forum's Charles Smith, long-time leader of the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality:
"Smith's work goes deeply into the question of what it means to "implement well," and how that can be achieved, for a specific service type. It includes not only standards of practice, but also specification of how such practices can be observed and the organizational factors needed to support them. In fact, all three of these approaches have produced not only research findings, but also tools that can be used to support more effective practice."
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Thought Leader Roundtable: Reflections on the Opportunity Youth Movement

Free Conference Call
June 7, 2017, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
These candid, unscripted conversations feature Karen Pittman with some of the most influential, boundary-pushing leaders working to improve the lives of children and youth.

John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc., will join Karen Pittman to reflect on Opportunity Youth and their leadership potential, opportunities to advance and champion policies and partnerships to support these youth, and reflections on John's early tenure leading YouthBuild USA, Inc. John's unique vantage point as a former Opportunity Youth himself has given him a particularly effective voice for and among young people and corporate leaders, among others.
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The Forum Releases ROI for Reconnecting Opportunity Youth in Each Congressional District 
Providing federal funding for opportunity youth (16-24 year olds who are not in school and not working) is not just the right thing to do; it is also good for each congressional district's bottom line.
This paper by the Forum analyzes the cost savings available from reconnecting opportunity youth in each congressional district, calculates the lifetime return on investment (ROI), shares a plan for federal programs to reach one million opportunity youth, and reports how much savings would result from implementing the plan.
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Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance Launch Youth Workforce Fund
The Citi Foundation, in partnership with America's Promise, is launching the Youth Workforce Fund, a competitive Request for Ideas (RFI) program that seeks to make strategic investments in non-profit community-based organizations connecting low- and moderate-income young people, ages 16-24, with workplace skills and employment opportunities including full-time jobs, internships, and apprenticeships.
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Partnering for Impact: the Forum on the Road
Key Forum staff were delighted to recently lead workshops at the national convenings for Boys & Girls Clubs of Ameria and Communities in Schools on effective partnering and collaboration. The Forum is proud to be a part of the Success360 initiative, which encourages collaboration among youth-serving organizations to better connect the services they provide in and out of the classroom. Through the Success360 program, which is sponsored by Altria's tobacco companies, leading national and local non-profit organizations that serve middle school kids and their families are supported and connected.
Partners in this work include national and local youth-serving organizations such as 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Communities in Schools, The First Tee and Search Institute, among others. 
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