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Ready Partners: March 2011

Ready Partner
March 3, 2011

The March issue of Ready Partners explores employee benefits, new initiatives to boost grad rates and how to make Ready by 21 relevant to the education sector.

The Forum for Youth Investment Ready Partners
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 released its 2010 Employer Guide: Educate Your Employees About the Benefits They've Earned. The guide provides detailed information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, Medicaid and other federal benefits. This marks the eighth year that Corporate Voices has updated the Employer Guide and the EITC toolkit and made it available to companies and other organizations at no cost to help low-wage employees take advantage of a host of federal benefits available to them.  

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National Competition Launched to Increase Graduation Rates 

Complete College America - a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that works to significantly increase the number of Americans with a college degree or credential of value - has launched a $10 million competition to boost college completion rates and close education-attainment gaps. Created with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Completion Innovation Competition invites governors to submit proposals about innovative strategies for improving college completion rates in their states. Ten winners will receive $1 million each to implement their proposals over 18 months.

To learn more, click here.   


 AASA Conference Brings Educators on Board with Ready by 21  National Conference on Education Logo

Quick: You've got 60 seconds to explain why it's so important for school superintendents to fully engage with their communities to make sure all youth are ready for college, work and life. That was the challenge handed to Forum President Karen Pittman at the national Conference on Education in mid-February. Here's her response (audio file).
Getting educators excited about the value and potential of Ready by 21 is crucial - and that's why Pittman and many other Ready by 21 National Partners traveled to Denver for the conference, held by the American Association of School Administrators. Materials and presentations from the conference are available here.


Louisville Hosts Education/Employer Workshop 

We all know that educators and employers must work together to increase educational attainment rates and prepare the workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. But how?  

One answer comes from Louisville, Ky. - one of the Ready by 21 Southeast Challenge cities - which recently hosted a special workshop, "Bringing Educators and Employers Together to Create A 21st Century Workforce." Greater Louisville Inc., 55,000 Degrees, HIRE Education Forum, the University of Louisville and the Lumina Foundation worked with nationally-renowned educational consultant Mark Taylor to examine generational issues and dynamics in the workplace, with an emphasis on developing the most productive, positive and effective workforce possible. The program highlighted the importance of schools and employers working together to develop effective workers. 

To learn more about Greater Louisville Inc., click here.
To learn more about 55,000 Degrees, click here.


100 Best Communities for Young People: Contest Opens 

Is your community one of the nation's best places for young people to live, learn and thrive? If so, America's Promise Alliance and ING want to know about it. Apply for the 2011 "100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING." Any community dedicated to working collaboratively, raising graduation rates and improving the lives of its young people should apply.

Past winners range from some of our nation's largest cities to small rural communities, from counties to school districts. Winners receive a host of benefits, including technical assistance and training sessions to help strengthen successful local programs. Full program information, including eligibility guidelines and a schedule of technical assistance sessions, is available 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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