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Ready News: October 2, 2014

Ready News
October 2, 2014
 

Building a Blueprint to Improve Youth Outcomes

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

Building a Blueprint to Improve Youth Outcomes

As more communities recognize the need to develop an overarching plan to improve youth outcomes, one Virginia city is showing how to do it. 

Alexandria, Va., just released its new Children & Youth Master Plan, which sets long-term, community-wide goals for young people and identifies specific action steps for reaching those goals. The plan was created in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment, building on data analysis, public input and the latest research about youth development and community change. The city and the Forum laid the groundwork for the plan with the Alexandria Children & Youth Well-Being Profile, which identified the key challenges facing the city's young people and the causes behind those challenges. 

To learn more about youth master plans, see this introduction and view master plans from Nashville, Tenn., and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Bringing Expanded Learning into Competency-Based Systems

As education systems across the nation begin to move toward utilizing a competency-based framework, it's important to remember that these models have been at the core of expanded learning work for years. In this webinar recording from the American Youth Policy Forum, experts (including Forum Senior Fellow Stephanie Krauss) highlight the role that districts and states can play in facilitating the shift to competency-based education, and discuss the policy barriers and opportunities at play.

Program Quality PQ
Bridge Conference 2014: Making Learning Personal

School's Out Washington is hosting its 12th annual Bridge Conference. The theme this year, Making Learning Personal, emphasizes how meaningful learning is ignited by personal passion and supports social-emotional learning, all the while building competency in academics. The line-up of presenters offers nearly 50 workshops on a wide range of topics including program quality (Charles Smith of the Weikart Center for Program Quality is presenting two workshops), STEM, racial equity and summer learning. 

Oct. 27-28, Seattle, Wash.
Register now.

Collective Impact CollectiveImpact
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.                        

Oct. 14-16, St. Louis, Mo.
Find out more. 

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The Forum for Youth Investment increases the odds that youth will be ready for life. If you are a federal employee, you can increase the odds, too, by designating your donation to the Forum through the Combined Federal Campaign. Our designation number is 67790. Thank you for helping to make our work possible!

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