Speak Up on How to Improve Outcomes for Disconnected Youth
The time to advise the federal government about ways to better serve disconnected youth is drawing to a close. As part of the Obama administration's initiative to increase administrative flexibility, the U.S. Department of Education released its "Request for Information on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth."
The agency is looking for effective practices and strategies to improve outcomes for disconnected youth, and for specific legislative and regulatory barriers that inhibit states and localities as they seek to meet the needs of this population. Submissions are due by July 5.
This input will help inform the use of fiscal 2013 funding to support performance pilots to serve disconnected youth. The Forum will submit a response on behalf of the Children's Cabinet Network.
For more information regarding the Forum's comments or for guidance on how to submit comments, contact Jennifer Ouellette, senior policy associate, at Jennifer@forumfyi.org
Youth Success and Expanded Learning Opportunities
What does the growing interest in expanded learning opportunities mean for the concept of youth success? Nicole Yohalem, the Forum's special projects director, ponders that in a blog where she observes, "As a youth development professional by training and a parent of school-age children, the narrow definition of success that currently drives schooling (grades and standardized test scores) has me worried in a more acute and personal way than ever before."
Nicole's blog is part of the latest episode of Please Speak Freely, a podcast series by Development Without Limits. The podcast features Jane Quinn, vice president and director of the National Center for Community Schools at the Children's Aid Society
, discussing the community schools movement and her diverse career in youth work and education. The podcast and blog are here
Program Quality Center Welcomes New Director
The Forum's nationally renowned center for improving the quality of youth programs has a new managing director. Terri D. Slaughter joins the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality to carry out her belief that "youth-serving and education-focused organizations must effectively assess and evaluate their programs against their mission in order to best serve their communities."
Slaughter enjoyed five years at the United Negro College Fund, where she served as interim director and senior relationship manager of both Academic Empowerment and Alumni within the Leadership Development Programs team for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program division. Most recently, she founded the Metro Achievement Connection, an education support model that combines experiential out-of-class learning opportunities with proven mentoring strategies. Slaughter also served for more than 10 years in higher education administration.
Search Names CEO
While no one can replace Peter Benson
, Search Institute has found a new CEO.
Kent Pekel takes the helm at the Minneapolis-based nonprofit on Aug. 1, succeeding founder Benson, who passed away last year. Pekel is the founding executive director of the University of Minnesota's College Readiness Consortium. He previously served in the Saint Paul Public Schools as chief of staff to the superintendent and executive director of research and development; held several senior staff-level positions in the Clinton administration; and taught at the high school level in Minnesota and at the college level in China. See a brief biography of Pekel here
How to Communicate about the Dropout Crisis
How can you get more people involved in helping to increase high school graduation rates? Good communication is essential, and this recorded webinar
from America's Promise Alliance highlights new research about how to inspire more participation from key audiences.
Creating Authentic School/Community Partnerships
People working with schools in low-income urban areas know that improving educational outcomes requires strengthening community partnerships. But how? This 14-page discussion paper
from Chapin Hall examines the authentic engagement of communities in school and community partnerships. It presents three key ideas for considering authentic engagement: place-based policy, community-based versus institution-based partnerships, and community capacity.
The State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant
offers up to $1,500 each for programs that enhance student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools. Each grant engages participating teachers and students in a service and learning program that promotes academic achievement, 21st Century student outcomes, and stronger communities. The deadline is July 2.
Promote Youth Engagement to Fight Hunger
The Sodexo Foundation Lead Organizer grant program
will select 12 organizations to work with partners to engage at least 600 youth volunteers in learning about and addressing the issue of childhood hunger in their communities. Each lead organization will receive $2,000 as well as travel and lodging expenses for the foundation's Youth Service Institute. The deadline is July 15.
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 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
Registration: Early bird rates apply through July 16. Find details here