Prior to the official start of the 2017 National Meeting, the Forum and our partners will be hosting a number of pre-sessions. Each pre-session requires advance registration, and some may include an additional fee. Please be sure to read the descriptions in full to ensure you meet the requirements for attending.
The Children’s Funding Project Pre-Meeting will share the work underway to consolidate and strengthen the examples, tools and strategic support available for local leaders to analyze funding sources, align funding, generate new local funding, and measure the outcomes of their investments. This interactive workshop from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm will provide an opportunity for communities to explore their work in these areas and leave with action steps. In these uncertain times we want to ensure child advocates and local policymakers are taking ownership of the funding landscape and program investments that they need for kids in their communities to be Ready by 21 for college, work and life. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Gaines.
The Place-Based Initiatives Pre-Meeting is intended for Promise Zone communities and P3 grantees supported by the US Dept. of Education and invited technical assistance partners. The Pre-Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM CT on Wednesday, March 29 and will end in time for the Ready by 21 National Meeting orientation session at 4:30 PM CT. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about how Ready by 21’s four building blocks for effective change (i.e., broader partnerships, bigger goals, better data, and bolder actions) can support place-based work. Using the Change Horsepower Diagnostic and other Ready by 21 tools, participants will learn about common characteristics of Ready by 21 initiatives, reflect on current conditions in their communities and identify next steps in implementing Ready by 21 approaches. If you have any questions about participating in the pre-meeting, please contact Tara Smith at email@example.com. On March 30 and 31, there will be workshops and other learning sessions during the general meeting on related topics of interest to place-based initiatives, including: family service learning initiatives, and strategies for systems-involved youth and trauma-informed care.
The Success360 Cross-Site Pre-Meeting is intended for Altria’s Success360 grantees and local affiliates. It is by invitation only. The Pre-Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM CT on Wednesday, March 29 and will end in time for the Ready by 21 National Meeting orientation session at 4:30 PM CT. Participants will have an opportunity to meet in teams – both by locality and by partner – to explore how we might strengthen collaboration to expand and deepen our impact in Success360 communities. If you have any questions about participating in the pre-meeting, please contact Kris Minor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Weikart Center Pre-Meeting is intended for current Weikart Center clients and funding organizations as part of our ongoing commitment to a learning movement around continuous quality improvement in out-of-school time. The half-day session will run on Wednesday, March 29. Participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from Weikart Center leadership, engage in dialogue with other network leaders from around the country and Weikart Center staff and field consultants. Program quality-focused sessions will be offered throughout the National Meeting by the Weikart Center and its partners. As there is limited space for this session, we encourage participating networks to limit their attendees to no more than five. We are hoping a diversity of Weikart Center partners will be able to participate to enrich the experience for all. If you have any questions about participating in the session, please email Adrienne Bard.