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Ready Partners: June 2011

Ready Partner
June 2, 2011

In this issue of Ready Partners we delve into best practices for school instruction, the state of afterschool and helping young employees achieve more.

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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® Partners and allies to a wider audience of leaders around the country.

 Corporate Voices for Working Families Celebrates
10 Years of Success

Corporate Voices celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a dinner and program in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2001 with a $25,000 grant from the J. Willard and Alice Sheets Marriott Foundation, Corporate Voices began with a modest yet important goal: to engage the business community in social policy issues involving working families. In the decade since, Corporate Voices has demonstrated the power of combining advocacy with business research, legislative outreach, corporate best practices, and collaboration among key people and organizations in the public and private sectors.

Today, Corporate Voices is the leading business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. It continues to expand increasingly important initiatives to improve workforce and workplace practices, especially those involving lower-wage and nonexempt employees.

For more about the great work Corporate Voices has been engaged in over the past 10 years, click here.


AASA Exploring Effective Use of Student Information Systems

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) won a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve instructional planning and practice in schools. AASA and its partners on the project -- Gartner, Inc., and the Consortium of School Networking -- will produce resources to help school districts develop a vision of how to best review, procure and deploy solutions for student information systems and learning management systems. The project will publish a market report based on those systems solutions in K-12 schools, critical requirements from the education sector and available solutions from vendors, as well as feedback from school administrators and teachers. The project will create and disseminate implementation guidelines and best practices to inform instruction and build capacity to create a rich culture of data use.


Afterschool Investments Project Releases New State
and Territory Afterschool Profiles

The Afterschool Investments Project (AIP) has released a report providing snapshots of the "state of afterschool" in every U.S. state and territory, which allows for comparisons of afterschool opportunities across the country. The profiles highlight key data and descriptions of the after-school landscape, and are searchable by state and territory, or by type of initiative, such as financing and professional development. Updated profiles can be found here. Users can also access key national school-age data through the National Afterschool Profile here.

AIP, a service of the Office of Child Care in the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, provides technical assistance in partnership with ICF (a contractor) and The Finance Project to Child Care and Development Fund grantees and other state and local leaders to support afterschool efforts.

Corporate Voices' Report Profiles Young Employees in
Low-Income Families

In the wake of the recent recession, young people (ages 16-24) in low-income families continue to struggle with balancing their need to work with their need to obtain the education they need for long-term economic success. A new study from Corporate Voices for Working Families provides a comprehensive profile of these young, low-income employees. The study stresses that employers that provide significant workplace flexibility and other direct support for working students can make a major difference in
outcomes for these young employees while meeting business needs.

"Our research report doesn't paint a picture of unmotivated youth," said Donna Klein, CEO of Corporate Voices. "Rather, it paints a picture of young people who have impossibly difficult choices to make, choices between short-term survival and long-term earning potential. The key to helping them resolve that conflict is an evolved company culture that understands the critical role it plays in building the workforce of the future."


Affordable Care Act Grants Provide $100 Million to Create Healthier Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the availability of over $100 million for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants aim to help communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and thus reduce health disparities and lower health care costs. The grants support strategies for tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, social and emotional wellness, healthy and safe physical environments, and high-impact quality clinical and other preventive services.  

Grants are available to state and local governments, and to state and local nonprofits. Act fast: Letters of intent are due June 6. For more information, click here.   

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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