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Ready Partners: July 2011

Ready Partner
August 2, 2011

In the July issue of Ready Partners celebrates a decade of Corporate Voices' impact, examines a new youth newsletter and announces new Promise Neighborhood grants.

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This e-newsletter from the Forum for Youth Investment shares the great work, tools and resources of our committed Ready by 21® National Partners and allies to a wider audience of leaders around the country.

Corporate Voices for Working Families Celebrates Anniversary

Corporate Voices held its 2011 Annual Meeting and 10th Anniversary Celebration from June 15-17, marking a decade of success in shaping corporate and public policies affecting the lives of working families. More than 100 leaders from business, public policy, nonprofit and research gathered to discuss issues critical to the future competitiveness of American business, including workplace flexibility and the role of businesses in helping workers complete their college degrees and helping disadvantaged youth integrate into the workforce.
The corporate voice on those issues is needed now as much as ever. "We have an environment where cutting spending is the order of the day," Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said during a bipartisan congressional briefing held in conjunction with the celebration. "We need business to make its voice heard on key issues like early education, K-12 and higher education."
Forum CEO Karen Pittman used the celebration to note Corporate Voices' critical role in the Ready by 21 National Partnership: "Engaging the business community nationally and locally is a key aspect of ensuring that the nation's young people are prepared for college, work and life - and we couldn't have a better partner working with us to move that idea forward. For all you do to champion youth readiness as workforce readiness, and for helping the business community recognize and grow family-friendly practices and policies, we thank you."

Read highlights and additional speaker quotes, access new Learn and Earn micro case studies published in conjunction with the annual meeting and view photos on Corporate Voices' blog.


America's Promise Launches News Newsletter

Impact Network Monthly, a new newsletter by America's Promise Alliance, is written by youth for youth who are interested in taking action in their communities. Each issue will feature a different theme and include a poll, words of wisdom from a leader or expert, a profile of a young person in action in his or her community and a list of easy ways to get involved. This newsletter is distributed electronically the first Wednesday of each month.

The June issue focuses on outdoor fun. Subscribe to Impact Network Monthly.  

Generations United's International Conference  

Get the latest thinking on intergenerational issues - and be ready to add your voice - at the Generations United 16th International Conference, July 26-29 in Washington, D.C. This conference promises to have you "rethinking and revitalizing intergenerational connections," and to send you home armed with new ideas. Learn more and register.

Search Institute Unveils New Big Tent Plan

Search Institute has made a big change in the plans for BigTent this year. The national event, under the name of BigTent Conference 2011, will not be held.

Instead, Search Institute will focus on building and executing an innovative new community-change model aimed at maximizing outcomes for youth and those who work with them in greater Omaha. In spring 2012, Search Institute will lead the first-ever summit about youth in greater Omaha. Learn more at

2011 Promise Neighborhoods Program Timeline Announced 

The application process for the 2011 Promise Neighborhoods grants opened this week, with a 60-day window for applying, according to the U.S. Department of Education. This round of grants provides $30 million to be divided between a new set of planning grants and implementation grants.

Nonprofits, institutions of higher education and Indian tribes are eligible. Winners will be selected no later than Dec. 31. More information and the application are available at the Promise Neighborhoods section of the Department of Education website. 

The Education Department launched the Promise Neighborhoods program in 2010, awarding $10 million to 21 applicants to support one year of planning for cradle-to-career services to improve educational outcomes for students in distressed neighborhoods.
Ready by 21  

Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment that helps communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life.




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