Prior to the official start of the 2018 National Meeting in Palm Beach County, Florida, the Forum and our partners hosted a number of pre-sessions. Here are brief descriptions of each one.
The 100 Million Healthier Lives Pre-Meeting focused on an interactive discussion to share tools and concrete examples of collaboration regarding what others are doing to promote wellbeing and advance equity for youth (and adults) in their community or network, and share your work.100 Million Healthier Lives is a global movement of advocates, community members, policy and government leaders, youth, and program implementers from many different sectors in nearly 30 countries who share a vision – to change how we think and act about wellbeing, health, and equity – and a goal: that 100 million people will live healthier lives by 2020. Our approach to health considers wellbeing from a broad lens, including physical health, mental health, social wellbeing, and spiritual wellbeing. Working to ensure that all children thrive from cradle to career is one of our shared areas of focus for advancing equity.
Fiscal Mapping Peer Exchange Network. This “by invitation only” session for P3 and Promise Zone Community of Practice sites, supported the network in sharing strategies and resources for using fiscal mapping as a tool to support place-based initiatives. As part of ongoing technical assistance, this second Fiscal Mapping Peer Exchange Network meeting coincided with the Ready by 21 National meeting, and focused on strategies for better aligning funding, cultivating relationships within the peer exchange network, and inspiring collaboration among sites within the community of practice.
The Success360 Cross-Site Pre-Meeting was intended for Altria’s Success360 grantees and local affiliates. Participants had 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.
The Weikart Center Pre-Meeting was intended for current Weikart Center clients and funding organizations as part of the ongoing commitment to a learning movement around continuous quality improvement in out-of-school time. Participants had 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 were offered throughout the National Meeting by the Weikart Center and its partners.