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Ready News: May 21, 2015

Ready News
May 21, 2015

Readiness is a Human Right


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

Readiness is a Human Right

Stephanie Krauss was forever changed by her short stay in East Africa following her first year of teaching. While she was there she experienced young people who suspended their own ambitions so that the kids in their communities could get a basic education and go to school. Education was seen as a human right. Against a backdrop of intense poverty, education became a matter of life or death. 

What if we could acknowledge the many roads to readiness that youth take from childhood into adulthood - roadblocks, potholes and all - and guarantee that every youth will make it? Read the latest blog from the Forum for Youth Investment's senior fellow about her experience in East Africa and how we can make readiness a right for all young people.

Teeing Up Summer Care

As the school year draws to a close, children and youth around the country are being slotted into summer programs of all sorts, from day care and sports to arts and science. But how can parents discern the quality of those offerings?

This blog and graphic from ParentMap looks at the questions that should be asked of afterschool programs from a quality perspective. Additionally, it highlights some of the quality programs found in the Seattle, Wash., area - programs that have gone through the quality improvement process with the Forum's Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

Using Data to Build, Grow and Sustain Your Afterschool Systems

How can afterschool systems leverage data to build, grow and sustain their efforts? The American Youth Policy Forum and Afterschool Alliance heard from afterschool system leaders about how they use program data to support the growth and development of their systems. Watch the webinar recording.

Moving Toward the Graduation Rate Goal

The country is on pace to achieve the goal of a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate by 2020, according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report released by America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates Center, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. New data show that progress is being driven by a subset of districts and states, and by historically underserved students. The report uncovered a severe gap in graduation rates for low-income students. See the full report or view an executive summary.

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.
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