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Ready News: March 14, 2013

Ready News
March 14, 2013

Leaders Gather to Boost Efforts for Young People


Leaders Gather to Celebrate & Elevate Their Work for Young People 
"Collective impact isn't necessarily new, but it's an idea whose time has come."

That declaration from former White House domestic policy advisor Melody Barnes was one of many that energized 300 leaders from around the country who gathered in Atlanta this week for the second annual Ready by 21 National Meeting.

National, state and local leaders committed to improving the odds for young people shared experiences and got the latest information about building effective collective impact partnerships, using better data to drive decision making, improving program quality, aligning public policies, and more. They heard from people like:

Lisa Hamilton of the Annie E. Casey Foundation: "We need to find solutions from what's already working."

Melody Barnes: "This is our market-making moment" for the cause of opportunity youth. 

Milton J. Little of the United Way of Greater Atlanta: "We look at the Ready by 21 framework as a lynchpin."

Sharon Adams-Taylor of the American Association of School Administrators: "We need a better definition of what readiness really means."

Jairus Cater, a young person who told a luncheon audience, "Being ready means having people in your life who care about you so you can do more and be more."
See photos here; see presentation materials here; and look for more about the National Meeting discussions in next week's Ready News.

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes
Here's a great opportunity for people working to create lasting, community wide change: The Forum for Youth Investment and United Way Worldwide will present a three-day learning program designed to accelerate the work of collaborative partnerships.
"Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes" is built around the 10 key steps to achieving measureable outcomes, such as problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a big picture approach to tackle underlying issues in their communities. See what action planning looks like when many organizations share responsibility for results.
When & Where: May 7-9, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Va.
Find out more here.

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 to strengthen research-practice partnerships in education, launched in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment. In this two-pager, Grant Foundation Vice President Vivian Tseng explains how these partnerships "can sharpen the field's understanding of how to build stronger connections between research and practice."

From Quality to Outcomes
Afterschool providers have long believed that their programs make a difference in the lives of young people. Findings from recent research by AIR and the Weikart Center show that these beliefs are well-founded. Join this webinar to learn more about how a high dosage of quality programming leads to positive outcomes for youth, including outcomes that predict school success.

Tuesday, March 26, 1 p.m. ET
Register here.
Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers
Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? The Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality offers its Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers course. This session teaches staff how to deliver the Youth Work Methods courses, which empower direct staff with tools to increase the quality of their instruction.
When & Where:  Kansas City, Mo., April 30-May 2
Find out more here.
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