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Ready News: September 19, 2013

Ready News
September 19, 2013

See the Nation's Newest Youth Master Plan


See the Nation's Newest Youth Master Plan 

San Marcos, Texas, has adopted a child and youth master plan - laying the groundwork to significantly change the way it does business for young people. The Youth Master Plan, approved unanimously by the city council Tuesday, creates six "priority areas for action," including improving and increasing access to youth development opportunities, improving overall wellness and mental health, building supportive networks throughout the education lifecycle, and improving economic opportunities.


The city created the plan in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment, which guided city leaders and residents in gathering and analyzing data about local young people, holding community conversations about the needs of youth, deciding on priorities based on the data and conversations, and creating strategies to address priorities. See the plan here.


Calling All Innovators

Does your afterschool program use data to improve services for kids? Then you have a chance to win.


The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation are seeking nominations for the 2013 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards. Nominees should be exemplary, lesser-known afterschool programs serving middle-school youth that showcase an innovation that takes place during the out-of-school time. Each of the five programs selected to receive the award will receive $10,000, be featured in the 2013-14 series of issue briefs and the Afterschool in Action Compendium, and will be offered the opportunity to present at national conferences. 


Nominations in the following four categories must be received by Oct. 14: 

1.     Keeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School

2.     The Role of Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards

3.     Students with Disabilities and Other Special Needs and Afterschool

4.     Why Data Matters: How Afterschool Programs Use Data to Improve Programming


More detailed instructions on the nomination process are available in the online nomination form. Additionally, "Afterschool Innovators and Middle School Success," available as a recorded webinar, offers helpful tips about the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award selection process and features a few of last year's winning programs. 


National AfterSchool Association Launches NEW Site

NAA announces the new The website provides new resources, ideas and inspiration, professional development tools for use in the classroom and within programs, and a new marketplace that lists trusted vendors.


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.

Find out more.


Training for Youth Work Management

Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? This Training of Trainers is for managers and site leaders who wish to support their sites throughout the quality improvement cycle developed by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Graduates of this Youth Work Management Training of Trainers course can facilitate the Weikart Center's Planning with Data and Quality Coaching workshops, and provide comprehensive support to staff who are involved in the assessment and quality improvement process. 


When & Where: Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Rochester, N.Y.

Find out more.


National Mentoring Summit

The 2014 National Mentoring Summit will bring together more than 700 youth mentoring organizations, as well as government, civic, research and corporate leaders. They'll share effective and innovative practices, discuss new research, focus on professional development, and create a shared agenda to drive systemic change that integrates mentoring as a strategy to support young people.


When & Where: Jan. 30-31, Arlington, Va.

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