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Ready News: October 14, 2015

Ready News
October 14, 2015
 

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

READY NEWS
 
News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is
Let's put it to a vote: Would you invest $200,000 now if your return on investment would be $65 million per year? What if that money was an investment in future generations?

At least 20 communities across the country have made that exact decision, taking bold action to pay for what matters: our children's futures.

In her latest blog, Children's Cabinet Network Director Elizabeth Gaines  challenges advocates to go bold  by exploring ways to create dedicated public funding streams for children and youth.
  • For a closer look at a community that established this sort of funding stream, and how they are using it, check out Broward Children's Services Council.
  • To learn more about getting started in your community, view this webinar and consider creating a team to participate in the first National Workshop on Creating Local Dedicated Funds for Children and Youth.
How Research Improves Afterschool Practices
Does research about the quality of out-of-school time (OST) services actually affect practices and polices? The executive director of the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality says yes, and reflects on how in this in-depth interview  with  American Educational Research Association . Charles Smith talks about research-practice partnerships, the impact of improvement systems like the Youth Program Quality Intervention, and the value of diverse learning communities in the OST field.
A Framework for Better Learning
One of the key actions to ensure that all children are ready by 21 is to strengthen learning through partnerships that mobilize all assets of communities. 

This new report from the Coalition for Community Schools, A Framework for More and Better Learning through Community Schools Partnerships, demonstrates how community schools promote better learning by working with community partners that are results-oriented. Additionally, the report spotlights four community schools that are setting the success bar high.
Join us at the 5th Annual 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.
 
At the core of the Ready by 21 National Meeting are the workshops that educate and inspire the hundreds of leaders in attendance to do the ground work in ensuring that all young people are ready to succeed. Interested in presenting a workshop? Learn more about what we are looking for, and submit your proposal by Nov. 6. 
 
Register today for the National Meeting and save upwards of $100 by taking advantage of early bird pricing!
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.
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