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Florida Community Challenge


The Forum for Youth Investment invites localities from across the state to apply for the Florida Ready by 21 Community Challenge. This is a unique opportunity to improve the lives of children and youth in your community.

The Ready by 21 Community Challenge centers on a set of innovative strategies to improve the odds that all young people will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 helps community leaders improve services, supports and opportunities for all youth along the “insulated education pipeline” – the full complement of settings where learning and development happens. A growing number of communities are using these strategies to change the way they do business.

Participants will gain new knowledge and access to the tools they need to make fundamental change in their community through the collective impact of organizations that work with young people.

Who? City or County Teams of Policymakers and Other Community Leaders 

What? A two-day training institute on tools you can use to improve outcomes for young people in your community. The training will be preceded by a webinar on June 10th at 10:00 AM to explain the Ready by 21 theory of change. Following the training, each team will receive up to three hours of free technical assistance from the Forum for Youth Investment’s team of coaches.

When? June 19th – 20th

Where? Tampa /St. Petersburg Area

How? Complete the online application by May 8th.

How Much? Participating teams will receive Ready by 21 training and introductory technical assistance free of charge. 

Questions? Contact Kiley Bednar, Field Services Manager, at or 202-207-3722.