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Ready News: May 2, 2013

Ready News
May 2, 2013

Lessons from Youth Engagement; Challenge for Florida


The Untapped Power of Youth Engagement
Youth engagement is an expanding youth-development strategy that has been successful in many places but remains underused in many others. Let's learn from those efforts so that we can do better, Karen Pittman says in her latest column for Youth Today.
Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, says adults often embrace youth engagement weakly: They conduct a youth survey, hold a summit or appoint a few students to an advisory board. Meaningful youth engagement is more complex and more beneficial. Read more about what works.
See the Forum's one-page guide to youth engagement resources.

Meeting the Challenge of Community Change
The Forum is offering another package of free training to help community leaders learn how to create a single, cohesive set of community-wide supports for children and families. Through the Ready by 21 Florida Community Challenge, the Forum will provide selected communities with tools, strategies and technical assistance to achieve collective impact for young people. That assistance will include a webinar, a two-day learning institute in Florida, and follow-up. To find out more and to apply go here.

New Juvenile Justice Resource Hub
People who work with adjudicated youth just got a new resource: The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub, which  makes it easier than ever to get in-depth stories, key research, data, guides and toolkits on critical issues in the juvenile justice field. The Hub is a project of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (, published by the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University. SparkAction, a division of the Forum for Youth Investment, provided social media supports for the launch.
Guide for Youth Organizing
A powerful youth organizing resource has been updated. Inspired and influenced by the work of Millennial leaders across the country, the Mobilizer's Workbook captures successes, mistakes and the key advice that transformed big ideas into big action. Find out more and see the guide here.

Afterschool STEM Impact Awards
The Afterschool Alliance and the Noyce Foundation are recognizing exemplary afterschool STEM programs that serve young people (in grades four through eight) with two $10,000 Afterschool STEM Impact Awards. Click here to apply by May 15.

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 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.

Michigan College Access Network Conference, April 29, East Lansing, Mich. -  Forum CEO Karen Pittman gave the keynote address at this gathering of more than 350 people from education, nonprofits, business, government and philanthropy. This year's conference focused on embracing new kinds of collaboration and the importance of engaging cross-sector leadership. Pittman spoke about ways to improve college access and postsecondary outcomes through the frameworks of collective impact, youth readiness and college success.


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