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Ready News: September 25, 2014

Ready News
September 25, 2014

Afterschool Standards Make a Difference


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

Afterschool Standards Make a Difference


Does establishing standards for afterschool services improve their quality? Providers and parents in Washington state are finding out that the answer is "yes." 

ParentMap (a parenting website) has launched a nine-part series about the impact of new standards on the quality of afterschool programs. The first story drives home the point that "what happens to kids after school matters, even more than we think." 

The story explains, among other things, how providers in Seattle worked with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (a division of the Forum for Youth Investment) to scale up quality improvement and accountability systems. "In the area of youth development," said one provider, "this initiative has been really transformative."

Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers

Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? The Weikart Center's Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers (TOT) course teaches staff how to deliver the Youth Work Methods courses, which empower direct staff with tools to increase the quality of their instruction and can lead to higher youth engagement. 

The course consists of four weeks of distance learning, three days of live training and one week of distance follow-up.  

Oct. 27-29, Oakland, Calif.
Find out more.

Policy Policy
Impact of the Juvenile Justice Act

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act  -  which was designed to foster policies and funding that support effective practices at the state and local levels -  the Act for Juvenile Justice Campaign and SparkAction have launched 40 for 40: 40 Stories for 40 Years of the JJDPA.

The project features diverse voices - young people, advocates, researchers, judges and policymakers - sharing personal stories and professional reflections about the law, why it matters, and why it must be strengthened and better enforced.

Among the interviews released this week is one with Forum CEO Karen Pittman, who talks about state innovations in juvenile justice.

Database Helps Policymakers See the Effectiveness of Interventions

Good news for policymakers: A new tool has been unveiled to help measure the effectiveness of interventions in areas such as early education, mental health and criminal justice. Last week, the Pew-MacArthur Results First team released an online database that ranks various interventions based on of the ratings of eight national research clearinghouses.

The information provided by the clearinghouses had been underutilized, largely because each was operated independently. Results First has compiled the information in one easy-to-access place and has reconciled the different systems and vocabularies. 

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.
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Job Opportunities Jobs
The Forum is Hiring

The Forum is looking for a Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations.  The manager will work with the CEO and senior staff to develop and execute an annual development strategy for foundation grants and corporate support. 

Find out more about the position, including how to apply.

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