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Ready News: November 12, 2015

Ready News
November 12, 2015

Aging Out of Adolescence

News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
The Race Our School and Students Didn't Win: Aging Out of Adolescence
Getting youth ready for college, work and life is complex and challenging, even in the best of circumstances. That work is made vastly more difficult when critical services and supports begin to fall away because of age.  Stephanie Krauss, senior fellow at the Forum, found this out first-hand when she attempted to serve disconnected youth aged 17-21 in  St. Louis.

In this new piece for Youth Today , Stephanie addresses the powerful reasons behind why our system fails some of our neediest youth and the adjustment in mindset and behavior we must make if we want to allow all youth the right to readiness.
Forum CEO Honored for Lifetime of Service
How do you measure the impact of a person? By the number of people they inspire? The opportunities they create for youth through systems-level change? The paradigm shifts they lead -- like "problem free isn't fully prepared" - to help communities get more young people ready for college, work and life?

Because of her tireless work over the decades to change the odds for children and youth, Forum CEO and co-founder Karen Pittman received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Partners for Livable Communities this week. Keep reading.
Taking Action for Adolescent Health
Did you know that 1 out of 8 Americans are adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19? Too little attention has been paid to improving the overall health and healthy development of America's 42 million adolescents.
To help address this, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Adolescent Health has created the Think, Act, Grow (TAG) campaign. TAG is a national call to action to improve adolescent health in the U.S. The campaign offers specific action steps, and resources you can use to:
  • Take action. Use the five essentials and TAG action steps to improve adolescent health. Use TAG to expand your work through new collaborations or partnerships.
  • Spread the word. Tweet or write a blog post about TAG, and share with your networks.
  • Show your support and join TAG. Sign up for updates on the TAG website and download banners. Tell us how you are taking action on TAG.
Learn more about TAG and how you can act to improve adolescent health today.
Call for Proposals: 2016 Ready by 21 National Meeting
Every year the National Meeting brings together leaders from all over the country dedicated to getting all young people ready for college, work and life. The fifth annual Ready by 21 National Meeting will be in Baltimore, March 29-31.
Interested in presenting a workshop? At the core of the Ready by 21 National Meeting are the workshops that educate and inspire the hundreds of participants to do the ground work in ensuring that all young people are ready to succeed. Learn more about what we are looking for, and submit your proposal today. Due to popular demand, we have extended the deadline for submissions to TOMORROW, Friday, Nov. 13
Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes
The Forum for Youth Investment and FSG are teaming up to help communities effectively carry out collective impact strategies. Join this three-day institute to learn how to create the five conditions for successful collective impact approaches through clear, sequenced steps: from partnership creation, community engagement, goal-setting and problem analysis to intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a Big Picture Approach to tackle a range of issues in their communities, focusing on how to apply the nuts and bolts of collective impact strategies back home.
Dec. 1-3, Washington, D.C.
Find out more.


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