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Ready Partners: December 8, 2011

Ready Partner
December 8, 2011

This months Ready Partners takes a look at a story of achievement, sharing youth data and the payoff of work training.

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® National Partners and allies to a wider audience of leaders around the country.
ReadySnaps: Short Stories About Leaders Improving
the Odds for Young People
For those who think a task force never changes anything, some youths in Nashville can prove otherwise - if you can catch them as they hop on city buses for school, rec programs, libraries and home, all for free.
They do that through a new program that shows how building broader partnerships can lead to on-the-ground changes for young people. Here, the local partners - Nashville's Metropolitan Transit Authority and Metro Nashville Public Schools - teamed to create a bus pass system that benefits both them and the students.
Read about it here, in the first in a new series of short stories about achievements in places carrying out Ready by 21 strategies.  
Sharing Data About Youth: A Look at the New Rules
The U.S. Department of Education just made it easier for agencies to share important data about young people - data that will help them improve services and supports. The new guidance on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act  (FERPA) makes significant strides in recognizing that a young person's development takes place both inside the classroom and out.
In First Look: New FERPA Regulations, the Forum for Youth Investment's Thaddeus Ferber and Danielle Evennou examine the regulations, identify important changes on who is allowed to share information and explore the department's intentions.

Read the report here.
The Payoff of Investing in Worker Training
Want to learn more about building career skills? A new report by Corporate Voices for Working Families examines employers who are embracing training for their workers.

Through case studies and concrete metrics, Why Companies Invest in 'Grow Your Own' Talent Development Models details how several respected American employers invest in education, training and the basic workforce readiness of their employees, with a particular focus on the needs of entry-level and lower-skilled associates. The companies studied - including CVS/Caremark, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. - took different approaches to their training programs, and their investments have paid off in a range of valuable dividends.

View the findings 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.