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Ready Partners: May 2011

Ready Partner
May 5, 2011

It's spring and Ready Partners is taking a fresh look at how to help community leaders and employers collaborate to support children. We also take a look at the 100 Best Communities for young people and prepare for Search Institute's  Big Tent convening.

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.

New Corporate Voices Tool Helps Community and Business Partnerships

Corporate Voices for Working Families has released a new resource to help community leaders and employers collaborate to support children, youth and families. Understanding the Needs of Your Business Partners: Building and Conducting a Successful Business Survey offers practical advice to community organizations, helping them work strategically with employers in their region and guiding them through a business survey to better understand the landscape of business investments in their community. The publication is the latest addition to a suite of tools offered by Corporate Voices, based on a decade of experience studying the workforce needs and expectations of employers nationwide.

You can find the tool here.     


Deadline Nears for 100 Best Communities for Young People Awards

Is your community one of the nation's best places for kids? Is it dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people and ending the nation's high school dropout crisis? If so, America's Promise Alliance and ING want to know about it. Visit the America's Promise Alliance website to learn about the 100 Best Communities for Young People Award, which includes a $2,500 grant for each winning community. The application deadline is May 27.


Come Join Us at the Big Tent in Omaha 

Planning is in full swing for the November Big Tent Conference in Omaha, Neb. The conference is a one-of-a-kind gathering, under one "big tent." A cross section of youth-serving professionals, volunteers and youth from all walks of life and from all over the United States will be in attendance. The conference is as much about sharing the best and the brightest ideas, programs, and practices as it is about sharing how to work together to do them

The BigTent Conference is hosted by Search Institute in partnership with America's Promise Alliance, the American Association of School Administrators, the American Institutes for Research, the Forum for Youth Investment, the National Collaboration for Youth and United Way. For more information visit the BigTent website.   


NCSL Study Shows How to Map State Spending on Children and Youth

Mapping resources for children and youth is one way to see the overall picture of how a state or community supports its youth and ensures their future success. Resource Mapping: Tennessee Case Study of Spending for Children and Youth, a recent report by the National Conference of State Legislatures, outlines the steps that Tennessee took to complete its mapping project and provides key lessons for other states for implementing a similar approach. The report does not focus on the results of the Tennessee study; instead it provides an overview of the process. Read the study here.


Promising Solutions to Youth Unemployment get Showcased on Capitol Hill

On April 14, Corporate Voices for Working Families co-hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on successful workforce training models that create enterprising pathways for untapped talent. The briefing highlighted Year Up, the highly-touted program that provides career training to low-income young adults ages 18 to 24.  Year Up partners with leading corporations, including Corporate Voices members, to offer training and internships that arm young adults with the skills needed to enter full-time jobs and higher education. New research by the independent Economic Mobility Corporation, released at the briefing, shows that students who complete the program have access to higher quality jobs and earned up to 30 percent more than similar peers who did not attend Year Up.


United Way Staff Leaders Conference in Orlando

This week, hundreds of United Way professionals are gathering in Orlando, Fla., for the 2011 Staff Leaders Conference. Entitled "Stronger Together - Uniting Communities, Changing Lives," the conference is providing myriad opportunities for United Way leaders to learn how to engage their communities to build impact strategies in education, income and health, and to execute those strategies in line with the United Way business model.

As the signature partner in the Ready by 21 National Partnership, United Way Worldwide ran two pre-conference meetings that brought together select United Way leaders to strengthen their engagement with Ready by 21 principles and tools, and to think about the applications to their work.  On Tuesday, 15 United Way state association leaders and staffers attended a full-day Ready by 21 State Policy Institute, and left inspired to take concrete steps to apply the tools to their work. On Wednesday, another 20 local United Way leaders - most from Southeast communities deeply engaged in Ready by 21 through the Partnership's Southeast Challenge - met to explore how the United Way's education agenda, business framework and outcomes-based planning approach blend with their local Ready by 21 efforts.


AASA Working to Produce Better Understanding of Postsecondary
Attendance and Persistence

The American Association of School Administrators is proud to partner in the National Student Clearinghouse's Postsecondary Persistence Indicator Project (PPIP), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goals are two-fold: to produce a national estimate of the proportion of students (by subgroup, with a focus on low-income and minority students) entering postsecondary credential granting institutions, and to develop a benchmarking report that documents postsecondary progression, completion and persistence through at least the students' first year of postsecondary education. The intention is to track that figure annually as a new national benchmark to inform policymakers. This annual report will provide postsecondary outcome metrics based on a rigorously representative sample of 300 high schools.

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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