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Ready News: November 5, 2015

Ready News
November 5, 2015

Tackling Poverty Starts at Community Level



News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Tackling Poverty Starts at Community Level
Last month, the Census Bureau released the latest data on income and poverty across America. The news wasn't great - nearly 47 million people living in the U.S. fall below the poverty line.

So it comes as no surprise that many communities have recently turned their eye toward tackling poverty levels. But to truly make a difference, organizations need to collaborate and focus on getting youth ready says Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment. While speaking to a crowd of 400 leaders who are working to overcome poverty in Omaha, Karen strongly proclaimed, "This is not at all about schools - it never has been. This can't happen because we have a class called 'life skills,' it has to be embedded in our community." Read the full article.
XQ: The Super School Challenge
The Super School Challenge is an open call to reimagine and design the next American high school. In a time where technology is developing at unprecedented speeds, public schools have remained stagnant.
The XQ challenge allows teams to unite and take on the important work of rethinking and building schools that deeply prepare our students for the rigorous challenges of college, careers and life. Winning team concepts will be provided with expert support and a fund of $50 million to support at least five schools over the next five years to turn their ideas into real Super Schools. Find out more.
This online summit will feature two of the nation's premiere experts on absenteeism - Johns Hopkins researcher Bob Balfanz and Attendance Works director Hedy Chang - who will outline key steps that states, districts and communities can take to improve student achievement by monitoring and reducing chronic absence.
Nov. 12, 2 p.m. ET
My Brother's Keeps and Opportunity Youth Webinar
Opportunity youth - also referred to as disconnected youth - are the 5.6 million 16-24 year olds that are not in school and not employed. Research shows young men of color are disproportionally likely to be disconnected from school and work. In this webinar you will hear powerful new data on the racial composition of disconnected youth and how many live in each city, the economic and social cost of inaction, and effective strategies for helping disconnected youth navigate a path to productive adulthood. 
Nov. 12, 3 p.m. ET
Register now.
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 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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