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Ready News: October 22, 2015

Ready News
October 22, 2015

Collective Impact: Scaling the Practice of Possible

News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Collective Impact: Scaling the Practice of Possible
Earlier this month, Forum for Youth Investment CEO Karen Pittman spoke to hundreds of leaders at the Tamarack Institute Collective Impact Summit in Vancouver. These global leaders are dedicated to tackling some of the most complex issues in their respective communities through collective impact.

During her keynote, Pittman connected her own personal story to two major themes in the Forum's current work - how problem free isn't fully prepared and the need to change the odds for youth. Additionally, she honed in on the areas of collective seeing and learning, exploring and understanding context, and partnering for impact.

Read on for  more highlights from Pittman's keynote ( presentation available here), as well as the overall conference. 
Putting Children First
What does "ready" look like for children and youth? Would you recognize readiness if you saw it?

Those are just some of the discussion questions that had leaders from Bartholomew County (Indiana) buzzing during an all-day symposium focused on Putting Children First. The workshop, delivered by Merita Irby, co-founder of the Forum, guided nearly 150 youth-serving leaders in identifying the community's strengths and weaknesses in terms of preparing young people for college, work and life. This conversation and subsequent reports will be used as a blueprint for collaboration among children's groups in Bartholomew County.
Deconstructing Social Emotional Learning Practice
How does the magic happen in a good out-of-school time (OST) program? New research is helping practitioners answer that question with precision. Join Karen Pittman as she interviews Dr. Charles Smith, executive director of the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, about the center's exciting work on the Susan Crown Exchange's Social and Emotional Learning Challenge: a research project to study staff practices and youth experiences that promote social emotional learning. 
Nov. 3, 2 p.m. ET
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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 by Nov. 6. 
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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