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Ready Partners: September 2011

Ready Partner
September 9, 2011

The September issues of Ready Partners focuses on the National League of Cities Summit on families and jobs for young people.

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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.
Summit Focuses on Your City's Families

Next month brings the biennial National Summit on Your City's Families, the nation's largest gathering of municipal leaders who are working to improve the lives of children, youth and families in their communities. The summit will be held Nov. 10-12 in Phoenix, Ariz., as one of four concurrent conferences during the National League of Cities annual Congress of Cities and Exposition. The Forum for Youth Investment is one of the supporting organizations.

Topics of the sessions include:

·    Education from Early Childhood through College

·    Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Programs

·    Positive Engagement and Support of Immigrant Families

·    Public Safety and Violence Prevention

·    Reengagement Strategies for Disconnected Youth

·    Health and Wellness Initiatives

·    Poverty Reduction and Economic Self-Sufficiency


For more information, visit the National League of Cities website.


Intermediary Group Members: Time to Speak Up

Are you part of a community intermediary network? Then make your voice heard through the first annual national intermediary survey, conducted by the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems. The survey seeks to determine the scale and scope of nonprofit intermediary organizations supporting out-of-school time programs, organization successes and priorities for the future. Intermediary organizations are critical for planning and implementing communitywide strategies to ensure that all youth are ready by 21.

The survey is at and takes less than 15 minutes to complete.


Obama's Jobs Plan and Young People

As President Obama unveiled his new jobs-creation plan this week, the CEO of Corporative Voices for Working Families (a Ready by 21 National Partner) offered several recommendations for what the plan should include. Among the essential elements, Donna Klein says in her blog: proven job skill training models (such as Year Up) and  expanded access to higher education.  


Ready by 21 Leaders Recognized by Nonprofit Times

Every year, The Nonprofit Times celebrates the 50 most influential executives in the nonprofit sector.  Every year, leaders of the Ready by 21 National Partnership are well represented  - including on this year's list, published in August.

Irv Katz, president and CEO of the National Collaboration for Youth, received the honor for the eight time, while United Way Worldwide President Brian Gallagher was recognized for the ninth time. The Partnership applauds the work of Brian, Irv and the other outstanding leaders chosen this year. For the full article and listing, click here.


Study Shows Need for Equitable Policies for Youth of Color

Many people in youth work have seen the trend that recently showed up in 2010 population data: For the first time in U.S. history, more than half the children under age three are from racial minority groups. Child and youth advocates are increasingly turning their attention to racial inequities and the need to close achievement and opportunity gaps for children of color.  

The Center for American Progress created an overview of this topic, 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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