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Ready News: June 30, 2016

Ready News
June 30, 2016

Using Evidence to Create Lasting Change


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Thought Leader Roundtable with Shay Bilchik

We Really Do Know What Works - Using the Evidence to Create Lasting Change in Juvenile Justice and Beyond

Thursday, July 28
2:00- 3:00 PM EDT
Did you know
  • that a huge meta-analysis of juvenile justice programs concluded that "there is no indication that there were juveniles whose risk level was so high that they did not respond to effective interventions?"
  • that this analysis of over 500 studies landed on a simple but powerful four-part prescription for program success that applies to home-grown programs as well as branded models?
  • that this standardized program evaluation protocol is being used to both flag and fix practice gaps within major juvenile justice and child welfare systems? 
  • that this model parallels the approach of the David P. Weikart Center's Youth Program Quality Intervention used by hundreds of afterschool systems?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, join Karen Pittman as she talks with Shay Bilchik, founder and director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University.  Shay, an attorney by training, has been on the cutting edge of systems reform for decades as head of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the Clinton Administration and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America.  We guarantee that you'll leave the conversation convinced that we really do know what works, but we just don't use this evidence effectively enough to create lasting, scalable practice and policy change.

Space is Limited. Register Today!

Missed the last Roundtable with John Kania? Listen to the recording
Baton Rouge Holds Urban Congress Summit
Baton Rouge leaders recently convened an Urban Congress focused on improving outcomes for boys and men of color. The congress was developed by MetroMorphosis, an urban renewal nonprofit led by Reverend Raymond Jetson, with technical support and guidance from the Forum's Larry Pasti. More than 250 people attended the all-day event, including elected officials, community leaders, members of the clergy, business leaders and college students. Leaders discussed ways to address problems facing young men of color, such as dropping out, incarceration and difficult employment prospects. The group is committed to working together for at least seven years to make an impact on these issues. 

After the convening, working groups and a Steering Committee have been formed and are refining their goals, mission and vision. The group has started collecting additional data on the assets and programs that are currently in Baton Rouge to serve this population. To learn more about the Urban Congress and the ongoing work please visit their website
New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative
New Orleans leaders identified increasing program quality as a key driver to improve outcomes for children and youth in New Orleans. In 2015, Baptist Community Ministries launched a New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative (NOLA-YPQI) Pilot in partnership with local leaders in philanthropy and youth development and the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Fifteen youth development organizations took part in the first year of the pilot to improve the quality of their programming for children and youth between the ages of 8 and 24.
Here is a brief video that captures some of the experiences of the first year of NOLA-YPQI.
Identifying Community Priorities for Child Well-Being

Thursday, July 21
1:00-2:00 PM EDT
With all the milestones kids need to achieve to be successful, how can a community come together to focus on critical needs? This webinar explores how tools from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Evidence2Success framework provide comprehensive data and an intentional process for communities to establish priorities for improving child well-being. Thaddeus Ferber, vice president for policy advocacy at the Forum, will moderate the session.
New Resource: Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH Center), funded by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, launched a newsletter this week to help you stay up-to-date on adolescent and young adult health topics and resources. See the most recent issue. To subscribe, contact Karissa Charles at

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