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Ready News: May 18, 2017

Ready News
May 18, 2017
Oregon Community Foundation Brief Highlights the Weikart Center YPQI Model



May 18th, 2017
News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
A new report highlights the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality's Youth Program Quality Intervention model and summarizes the initial findings from the ongoing evaluation of the K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Among those findings was the following:
"The Initiative is strengthening the out-of-school time system in Oregon by building awareness and supporting alignment of funders, developing robust professional development resources and disseminating lessons learned. In particular, foundation staff commitment to openness about lessons learned and leadership in bringing other funders together for important conversations about how to better support OST providers in Oregon have resulted in alignment of supports for OST providers, including expanding use of the Youth Program Quality Intervention and Assessment framework and tools."

The initiative, funded by The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation, aims to support and improve student success, particularly for those students who face gaps in opportunity and achievement. Twenty-one organizations throughout Oregon received funding between 2013 and 2016 to support out-of-school time programming for middle school students of color, students living in rural communities and/or students from low-income families. The Initiative also includes a robust learning community focused on program quality improvement as well as efforts to strengthen the out-of-school time field in Oregon more broadly.
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Thought Leader Roundtable: Reflections on the Opportunity Youth Movement

Free Conference Call
June 7, 2017, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
These candid, unscripted conversations feature Karen Pittman with some of the most influential, boundary-pushing leaders working to improve the lives of children and youth.

John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc., will join Karen Pittman to reflect on Opportunity Youth and their leadership potential, opportunities to advance and champion policies and partnerships to support these youth, and reflections on John's early tenure leading YouthBuild USA, Inc. John's unique vantage point as a former Opportunity Youth himself has given him a particularly effective voice for and among young people and corporate leaders, among others.
Ready by 21 Learning Lablearninglab
LAST CALL: Ready by 21 Learning Lab: Tools and Techniques for Achieving Results

May 23-24, 2017
Silver Spring, Md. 
The Forum for Youth Investment is bringing you a practical, hands-on, two-day workshop and coaching session designed for backbone leaders, steering committee members, and other partners actively involved in community change efforts focused on children & youth.

The workshop is designed for leaders who are thinking about how the critical tasks of community change management can be staged and sequenced in order to move steadily towards improving outcomes. It is particularly useful for those in the early stages of forming or planning an initiative, or in the process of re-igniting or refreshing their initiative for the next phase of joint work. Special emphasis is given to tools and techniques that help leaders align and connect multiple issues and efforts, identifying areas for joint planning and action.

Attention United Way Leaders: We are proud to announce that the Ready by 21 Learning Lab has been approved for flex credits.

Youth Leadershipyouthlead
America's Promise Seeking Young People to Share Their Voices 
Do you know a young person who is passionate about education or youth development? Is there a young adult at your organization who inspires and motivates others? Have you come across a young man or woman who wants to sharpen his or her leadership skills?   

America's Promise is currently seeking two young people, ages 16-22, to serve a two-year term on its Board of Directors or as a member of the Alliance Trustees. These young people will attend annual meetings in Washington, act as a full voting member of the leadership body, and play a valuable role in shaping the alliance's strategic direction. Those selected will serve through Spring 2019. 
Criminal Justice Training Opportunitiestrain
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) Announces Upcoming Certificate Programs
The third annual School-Justice Partnerships Certificate Program will run from September 25-29, 2017 in partnership with the American Institutes for Research. The training will highlight the experiences of local youth and expert practitioners nationwide, as well as provide in-depth training on school-based and cross-system policies and practices, culture change and leadership, and family, youth and community engagement.

The inaugural Supporting the Well-Being of System-Involved LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program will run from October 17-20, 2017 at Georgetown in partnership with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Impact Justice. The curriculum will focus on the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in child-serving systems (including juvenile justice, child welfare, education and behavioral health) as well as strengths and protective factors common to the population, and will highlight effective policy and practice reforms that promote positive youth development.

Both Certificate Programs will be held at Georgetown University, and leaders from juvenile justice, child welfare, education, behavioral health, community organizations and other child-serving partners are encouraged to apply. 

The Forum for Youth Investment, The Cady-Lee House, 7064 Eastern Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20012
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