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Ready News: May 1, 2014

Ready News
May 2, 2014

What We Learned at the Ready by 21 National Meeting


What We Learned at the Ready by 21 National Meeting
Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell moderates a plenary session.


That's how the third annual Ready by 21 National Meeting was summed up by one of the more than 300 leaders who came from around the country to share experiences, research and stories about working together to improve the odds for young people. Over the following weeks we will share what we learned through video clips and blogs, and keep the momentum going through follow-up opportunities - starting now. 

Words that got attention
Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, spoke about readiness, equity and the need for social change: "Are we ready to find the courage and willingness to close the gap between what we know and what we do?" 

Patrick McCarthy, CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, spoke about policymakers working together for impact: "We know how to scale. The problem is that we've scaled a lot of things that don't work very well." 

A panel of young people talked about what it takes to get youth ready for life. Said Heyra Avila: "It's all about relationships." 

See photos of these speakers and others from the plenary sessions. 

Presentations that inspired
See the presentation materials from the plenaries and workshops. Hover over each workshop session and click "Download Presentation." (Not every session had visual presentations.) 

What's Next
Learn about upcoming free webinars on performance partnership pilots, mapping public resources for youth and families, program quality improvement, and the role of positive youth development in teen health.

 News & Resources

Youth Development

The Power of Positive Youth Development
Getting teens involved in activities they're interested in and involving them in communities can improve their health and reduce teen pregnancy rates. May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. To celebrate, learn what positive youth development is, how it's being used in community programs, and the way forward for research. This webcast, from the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health, will feature Forum CEO Karen Pittman and other top experts in the field of positive youth development.

May 7, 2 p.m. ET
Find out more.

Student Success 

Strategies to Promote Non-Cognitive Skills
Education experts are recognizing the importance of non-cognitive skills for student success. The recently released guide, Strategies to Promote Non-Cognitive Skills, profiles 16 resources that support youth in building these skills. 

One of those strategies is the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) developed by the Forum's Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. See the full report here.




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