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Ready News: March 24, 2017

Ready News
March 24, 2017

Forum for Youth Investment Reaffirms its Support for Out-of-School Time

News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
The current administration recently released a budget blueprint that outlines extensive cuts for a wide range of programs and departments. This blueprint still has to be formally drafted by Congress, but it signals a shift away from supporting working families and low-income children as many afterschool programs, school lunch programs and teacher-training initiatives are recommended to be curbed in favor of expanded charter schools and private-school vouchers. YouthBuild, Americorps and other supports for opportunity youth are being completely eliminated in this new budget proposal.  

The Forum for Youth Investment supports investing adequately in children and youth to ensure they grow up ready for college, work and life. We acknowledge that some programs need improvement (and we work aggressively to support continuous quality improvement efforts), but strongly disagree with an approach that involves dismantling the progress that has been made to date. We will work tirelessly to protect and promote the programs and opportunities that assist children and youth to reach their potential.
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6th Annual Ready by 21 National Meeting Next Week in Austin, Texas
March 29-31, 2017
At long last, our sixth annual Ready by 21 National Meeting will take place next week in the Live Music Capital of the World - Austin, Texas - on March 29-31. We are expecting more than 500 leaders from around the country who are working to get all young people ready by 21 - for college, work and life. These leaders have dedicated themselves to improving the odds for children and youth through partnership initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement.
We are honored to welcome Dr. Shawn Ginwright, author of "Hope and Healing in Urban Education" and "Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America," as one of our featured presenters, along with Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division with the California Department of Education; Sheila Capestany, the Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth with King County (Washington); Todd Patterson, the President of Public Progress; and several more. 
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Release of Fiscal Scan of Youth Services in Milwaukee 
The fiscal scan titled "Show Me the Way: Making Sense of Youth Development Funding in Milwaukee" was conducted, with coaching from the Forum, to examine the level of public funding for out-of-school time programs for youth ages 12-24. Commissioned by Beyond the Bell, this fiscal scan analyzes all funding sources (federal, state, local and philanthropic) for youth services that were administered by the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and Milwaukee Public Schools from 2014 to 2016. A key discovery was the difficulty in distilling the governmental funding that was specifically allocated for youth development. The Public Policy Forum report identified that youth funding is often buried within initiatives for the general population, spread across multiple funding categories or passed through various levels of government.
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New MDRC Issue Brief Examines the Power of Career- and Employer-Focused Training and Education
Even in good economic times, workers with limited education may need help getting or regaining a foothold in the job market. Effective career training programs are available. Approaches that target in-demand industries and closely involve employers can get results, benefiting high school students, adults without diplomas and the long-term unemployed.

"The Power of Career- and Employer-Focused Training and Education," a new issue brief from MDRC, examines and promotes strategies such as sector-focused training, career academies and developing occupational skills that can increase long-term employment prospects for those in need.
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Apply Now for Two Initiatives Designed to Enhance Juvenile Justice Approaches
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy recently announced that it is accepting applications for two initiatives designed to assist juvenile justice agencies and partners to improve outcomes for youth, families, staff, and communities.
Hosted in partnership with Vanderbilt's Peabody Institute, the brand new Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program provides juvenile justice practitioners with expert instruction on how to use structured decision-making tools to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based decision-making platform. The program runs from August 7-11, 2017 and applications are due by May 5, 2017.

Developed by CJJR and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), the Youth in Custody Practice Model initiative is designed to assist state and county juvenile correctional agencies and facility providers in implementing a comprehensive and effective service delivery approach for youth in post-dispositional residential care. The program runs from September 1, 2017 to March 1, 2019 and applications are due by May 19, 2017.

Please contact CJJR staff, Sarah Silberman, at or 202-687-4942 with any questions.
The Forum for Youth Investment, The Cady-Lee House, 7064 Eastern Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20012
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