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Ready News: May 13, 2015

Ready News
May 14, 2015

A Civil Right for America's Youth: Being Ready for Life


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.

A Civil Right for America's Youth: Being Ready for Life

For more than a decade, Karen Pittman, CEO and co-founder of the Forum for Youth Investment, has pursued the goal of getting children and youth ready for college, work and life. From defining the abilities young people need to meet life's responsibilities to developing strategies to help communities provide cradle-to-career supports for success, the Forum has taken bold steps in the push to promote readiness. But it isn't enough. 

It's time to position readiness as one of the toughest civil rights issues of our time. What is readiness and how can we advance it? Karen answers those questions and more in her latest blog for the Huffington Post.

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships
Change Community Outcomes

The Forum for Youth Investment and Collective Impact Forum are teaming up again to help communities effectively carry out collective impact strategies. This three-day institute provides a survey of five key steps in collaborative work and how these steps put partnerships on a clear path to improving lives.

This institute is designed for leaders, staff and volunteers of partnerships working to improve community conditions and outcomes. The institute is particularly useful for organizations that provide support to overarching leadership councils, provider partnerships, prevention coalitions and neighborhood groups. Participants are strongly encouraged to send community teams representing multiple partnership members.                        

June 23-25, Seattle, Wash.
Find out more.

Embedding Youth Development in Schools: A
Thought Leader Conversation

What does it take to get youth development practices embedded into the DNA of schools? This is just one of the big questions that will be addressed in the upcoming thought leader discussion between Karen Pittman and Michele Cahill. You are invited to listen in to the conference call and send questions. 

Karen and Michele co-founded the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research in 1990 and have been working to get systems ready for students ever since.  Michele is now a distinguished fellow in education and youth development at the National Center for Civic Innovation. 

May 18, 2 p.m. ET 
Find out more and register now.

Help Shape a Tool for Positive Youth Development

3C Institute, in collaboration with the Forum for Youth Investment, is looking for youths and professionals to aid in the development of a tool targeted for providers using positive youth development strategies. The Getting to Outcomes - Positive Youth Development software is designed to build the capacity of administrators and community practitioners to plan, implement and evaluate positive youth development strategies. If you are willing to review this new tool, please check your participation eligibility by filling out this short survey. Participants who are eligible will be compensated for their time.

My Brother's Keeper Alliance: Going Beyond Media,
Beyond Government

Last week, the corporate-backed nonprofit, My Brother's Keeper Alliance, was unveiled in New York. The nonprofit aims to improve the lives of more than 275,000 boys and young men of color as it focuses on eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.

Sara Matthew, policy associate at the Forum, was one of the few who got to attend the announcement. She shares her thoughts and excitement for the organization in this short piece.



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