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Ready News: September 13, 2013

Ready News
September 13, 2013

Youth Voices Spur Community Action




Youth Voices Spur Community Action

While community leaders have lots of statistics about young people as students - such as test scores and graduation rates - they typically have little data to answer the bigger question: "How are young people doing overall?" In the small city of Indianola, Miss., that's changing.


Indianola leaders are using local data in new ways to get a more complete picture of their young people, to listen to their concerns and to take action. That data - including new details from a student poll - have spurred a series of community conversations among government leaders, educators, business people, parents and youth. Read on to find out more about the data and conversations that are leading this small town to make big changes.

Investing in What Works

The Investing in What Works Project provides a comprehensive framework for bridging research and practice related to evidence-based programs for children, youth and families. Experts recently gathered to discuss this challenge at a two-day forum, and videos of their presentations were recently posted online.


Forum Vice President Thaddeus Ferber summarized the work of a panel that focused on implementing multiple programs in one place, making recommendations about the right configuration of programs and how programs complement each other. Go here to learn more about the project and to see other presentations. The project is run by the American Institutes for Research under contract with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 


Community Summits Announced

America's Promise Alliance this week announced the start of its Grad Nation Community Summits initiative. The 100 summits will be held across the country over the next four years, beginning next week in St. Louis, Mo., and continuing with 14 more by the end of the year. America's Promise is a Ready by 21 National Partner.


Campaign Supports Juvenile Justice Act

A web-based action center was launched this week to increase federal support for effective juvenile justice efforts. The JJDPA Matters Action Center calls on Congress to increase funding under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, as well as related juvenile justice programs. The center also launched a 16-week JJDPA Matters Blog Project.


SparkAction, the news and advocacy website of the Forum for Youth Investment, collaborated on the project with the Act4JJ Campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition. 


Connecting City Afterschool Programs

Is citywide coordination of afterschool programs going nationwide? A new study commissioned by the Wallace Foundation looks at the implementation of afterschool coordination systems in cities, and the effectiveness of key strategies and community leader involvement. 


How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes through Collective Impact

How can your community partnerships achieve real outcomes? What supports do partnerships need to achieve collective impact? What are the key steps in collaborative efforts to improve community conditions and outcomes?


Get the answers to these and other questions about how to create lasting, community-wide change at a special learning program presented by the Forum for Youth Investment and United Way Worldwide.


Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes is built around the key steps to achieving measureable outcomes, such as problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Learn how to take a "big picture approach" to tackle underlying issues in your community. See what action planning looks like when many organizations share responsibility for results.

When & Where: Oct. 8-10, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Va.

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The Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back

This annual conference brings together afterschool and youth development professionals, school leaders, funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and business leaders from across the country. The conference focuses on research, cutting-edge resources and strategies to strengthen youth services both in and out of school.   


This year's theme: Illuminating Possibilities for All Youth. Breakout sessions topics include expanded learning, family engagement, policies and systems, program quality, social-emotional development and summer learning.     


When & Where: Oct. 21-22, Seattle, Wash.

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Keep Lights on Afterschool

Each October, one million Americans and thousands of communities nationwide celebrate Lights on Afterschool to shine a light on the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. This year's event takes place on Oct. 1.

Find out more.

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