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Ready News: March 7, 2013

Ready News
March 7, 2013

New Tools on the Way; New Training for Collective Impact


Bringing Precision to Your Passion
Leaders working to improve the odds for young people will soon get new tools and services to more precisely carry out their work and measure their impact.

Nearly 300 leaders from around the country will get a first glimpse at those tools and services in a few days - at the second annual Ready by 21 National Meeting, which convenes in Atlanta March 11-13.  "We say Ready by 21 brings 'precision to your passion' for helping our nation's children and youth," said Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment. "Now we're bringing even more precision through exciting new partnerships with SAS, Lloyds Register Quality Assurance and Community Systems Group."

The meeting will also feature dozens of sessions about building effective collective impact partnerships, collecting and using better data to drive decision making, improving program quality, aligning public policies, and more. Learn more about the National Meeting here.

The Ready by 21 National Meeting

Registration closes March 8, 2013 at 12 PM EST 
The Ready by 21 National Meeting will bring together hundreds of leaders from around the country who are working toward the same goal: Getting all young people ready by 21 for college, work and life.

The National Meeting will include a variety of session types and formats, from keynote speakers and plenary panels to small group discussions and peer learning circles. You will be able to connect with other leaders from around the country, as well as from similar professions and sectors, to strengthen your networks, apply learning and create solutions.

Find out more here >>

Why is the Pipeline so Important?

Ayeola Fortune of United Way Worldwide explains the three layers of the Ready by 21 Insulated Education Pipeline ... in under two minutes.


Grassroots Organizing for Social Change
This Ben & Jerry's Foundation grant seeks to promote social justice, protect the environment and support sustainable food systems. Funds are provided to grassroots, constituent-led organizations that use community organizing strategies to accomplish their goals and to organizations that provide technical support and resources to such groups. Maximum grant: $15,000. Deadline: Rolling. Find out more here.

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.

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. 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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