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Ready News: May 19, 2016

Ready News
May 19, 2016

Transforming Government, Transforming Communities


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
In This Issue: Policy | Well-Being | Youth |
Transforming Government, Transforming Communities
How can government change the way it does business to better serve communities? The Forum for Youth Investment's Transforming Government, Transforming Communities report shines a spotlight on a series of signature "place-based initiatives" that the Obama Administration has introduced. 
These place-based initiatives represent a historic effort to support communities in a comprehensive fashion, helping to empower communities to address their needs holistically. Place-based initiatives concentrate funding, flexibility, technical assistance and other support to help selected sites forge integrated approaches to community transformation that cut across individual programs, departments and sectors.

The executive summary and full report are available here.
This new way of doing business is already changing lives and communities. In the Berea College Promise Neighborhood, encompassing three counties in rural Kentucky, the percentage of students starting kindergarten ready to learn has grown from 16 to 42 percent due to improved collaboration. "A lot of previous work in this area was completed in silos. Organizations came in with a lot of funding and said 'this is what we're gonna do and this is how we're gonna do it.' Things might have changed for a time, but after that organization exited, everything reverted back," said Sherry Scott, head of the Partners for Education team at Berea College. Read more.
One Month Countdown: Developing a Proposal for a Round Two Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) 
Thursday, May 26
3:00-4:00 PM EDT
Frustrated by federal policy barriers preventing you from providing coordinated services and supports for disconnected youth? Do you have an innovative idea that will improve outcomes for disconnected youth?
Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) will give selected local, tribal and state agencies the opportunity to enter into an agreement with the federal government that will grant broad flexibility in how the site uses discretionary federal funds to implement evidence-informed practices while committing to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth. P3 applicants can request to (1) blend their existing federal discretionary funds and (2) receive flexibility from specific federal program requirements. The proposals are due June 27.

Join the Forum for Youth Investment's policy team as we walk through the specific components of the P3 application ─ and share resources that will help you develop a quality proposal. Register for the webinar.

For more information about P3, including the Forum's P3 Proposal Development Toolkit, visit the Online P3 Hub
Children's Well-being Initiative
Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have partnered on an initiative to spark a more unified vision for children's well-being in the United States.
They believe that children, newborn to twelve years old, thrive when they grow up in an environment that nurtures a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose. And they're looking for the leaders that are making this happen in our country right now.

Are you ready to help shape a movement for the well-being of children in the United States? Until June 22nd, they are are accepting applications from organizations and social innovators that are pioneering the way kids grow up. By the end of October, ten all-star leaders will be named Champions of Children's Wellbeing and receive an expense-paid invitation to a culminating event, where they'll share their work with key funders and high-powered thinkers in education, government, and childhood development.

Learn more and share your vision here  
2016 Ready by 21 National Meeting Plenary Videos
The recent gathering in Baltimore of the youth-serving field from across the country was full of magical moments. From the opening panel on Pushing High Quality Practice Across Settings & Systems to the closing session featuring young people from Opportunity Youth United reflecting on the struggles and opportunities that helped shape them, the event spotlighted the energy and passion being brought to efforts across the country to help young people.  All the powerful plenary speeches from the Ready by 21 National Meeting are now available.
Flexible Learning & Credentialing Pathways for Young People 
Webinar Recording
How can we evolve learning and credentialing pathways for young people in the K-12 system so that they include a broad ecosystem of credentialing and learning environments, and keep young people on the path to college, career and civic readiness? What will it take for these pathways to be robust and flexible enough to meet the needs of all young people, especially our most marginalized and vulnerable, and to align with the needs of the credentialing marketplace and labor market? The Forum's Stephanie Krauss recently led a dialogue on these critical questions. View the webinar recording.  
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