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Ready News: May 9, 2013

Ready News
May 9, 2013

Engaging a Disconnected Teen: A Personal Story


Caring Adults Steered Me to My Cause
Antonio Dominguez entered high school "disengaged and directionless," as he puts it, but emerged as a community leader. Now 24, he directs programs at a youth-serving organization in California, serves on the national Ready by 21 Leadership Council and plans a lifetime of working to improve young lives.

How does an unfocused teenager transform into a young man on a social mission? The key was caring adults who gave Antonio support and opportunities. Those who know Antonio have been inspired by his story. We challenged him to tell you that story in under 1,000 words; he does that here.

More communities and states are turning to community collaboration instead of incarceration in dealing with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange summarizes some of the initiatives with cautious optimism.

People working to improve the quality of out-of-school time programs in their communities might be interested in the experiences of colleagues elsewhere who are making progress. In this webinar, Improving Systems and Settings: Quality Improvement in Asheville, Gina Gallo of the United Way of Asheville Buncombe County describes the quality improvement work in her area and its value to local youth providers. She shares how quality improvement has been a springboard for efforts that stakeholders hadn't even planned, including coordination and access.

Coaching for Continuous Improvement Training
This training is designed to support and enhance the skills of those who provide Coaching and Technical Assistance to program managers within a Quality Improvement System. Learn how to improve supports, including how to maximize data-driven planning for out-of-school time programs you serve.
When & Where: June 19-20, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Learn more and register. (Registration ends May 24.)

Youth Work Methods Experience
Improve your ability to provide comprehensive support to staff to help them improve their practices. Explore the Active-Participatory Approach in depth, experience three key Youth Work Methods and strengthen coaching and observational skills.

When & Where: July 22-23, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Learn more and register now. (Registration ends June 28.)

Build Your Fiscal Fitness: An Introduction to Strong Nonprofits
Hate to talk cash flow?  Most providers would rather talk about program quality, but strong financial operations are essential to delivering and sustaining high-quality services. Join this free webinar to learn how to build your organization's fiscal strength and that of your provider network through a new, free suite of online resources at

Speakers are Charissa Fernandez, chief operating officer, TASC; Hilda Polanco, managing director, Fiscal Management Associates (FMA); Nina Sonenberg, communications officer, The Wallace Foundation; and John Summers, manager of consulting, FMA. The event is hosted by the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems and FMA.
When: May 22, 2 p.m. ET.
Find out more and register here.
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