This resource packet is designed to help leaders better understand the services, supports and opportunities available to children and youth in a community. It includes a guide, a template for a program landscape mapping survey, and a set of sample charts and results.
Tagged in: Neighborhood, Suburban, Urban, Young Children, City, Primary School Age, Rural, Better Data and Decisions, County, Secondary School Age, Government/Policy, Older Youth, Non‐profit/Foundation, Tutorial, Collect complete data about youth outcomes, community supports and leadership actions
While an increasing number of afterschool providers have made quality improvement a priority, addressing quality in a systemic way is complicated: It requires research, planning, building consensus, developing resources, managing new processes and sometimes redefining old relationships. Building Citywide Systems for Quality is a how-to guide designed to support the development of quality improvement systems (QIS) in afterschool settings.
This classic Ready by 21 publication outlines a variety of ways that ‘dashboards’—simple two dimensional visuals—can illustrate the width and breadth of goals for children and youth, including the ability to assess whether they cover the range of ages, outcomes, and approaches (prevention, intervention, promotion, etc.).
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In order for community partnerships to have a positive collective impact on young people’s lives, federal policies need to support comprehensive, place-based interagency efforts. The Forum for Youth Investment, in partnership with the National Collaboration for Youth, American Institutes for Research, the Campaign for Youth, the Children's Leadership Council and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, hosted a webinar to learn about the White House and the Obama Administration’s plans to support such comprehensive efforts for youth in general, and for disconnected youth in particular.
Tagged in: Advocacy, Broader Partnerships, Build an overarching leadership council, Collaboration, disconnected youth, Government, Interagency, Opportuinty Youth, Policy, Webinar, White House, Align and strengthen coalitions, commissions and intermediaries, Bigger Goals, Better Data and Decisions, Bolder Actions, Establish a balanced set of goals and indicators for all children, youth and young adults, Secondary School Age, Government/Policy, Older Youth, Create a big picture, goal-oriented action plan, National, Non‐profit/Foundation, Align and connect data for decision-making, Align policies and resources
This toolkit is designed to help school leaders embrace the use of college-going data to improve K-12 outcomes and drive more students to college persistence and success.
Conceiving goals and indicators is easy. The challenge is getting community leaders to agree on goals and indicators that cover all young people of all age groups, in all aspects of their lives—from education and health to interpersonal skills and job readiness.
Tagged in: Advocacy, Urban, Bigger Goals, City, Establish a balanced set of goals and indicators for all children, youth and young adults, Southwest, Define supports that the full community must provide, Create a big picture, goal-oriented action plan, Non‐profit/Foundation, Define common terms and communicate core messages, Webinar
A substantial and growing evidence base confirms that afterschool programs can make a positive difference for youth in the critical domains of achievement, social and civic skills, and risk reduction. However, many programs do not realize this potential, and a primary reason for this may be the quality of experiences available to youth in these settings. Improving quality is therefore a priority for the afterschool field. Evidence suggests that the predominant form of professional development—staff training without follow-up—rarely produces sustained change in practice.
The National Human Services Assembly produced a brief, Putting Human Needs on the National Radar Screen, on messaging and collaborative action for nonprofit human service and community development organizations. The brief suggests language and new narratives about the collective contributions of nonprofits. Use this as a resource to infuse new ideas and language into your community’s collective actions.
Healthy behavior, staying in school, problem-solving skills - these are among the outcomes we all want to see in our young people. It is always encouraging to be able to point to a new mentoring initiative, a great afterschool program or a really innovative school, but to achieve community- and state-wide impact, you need to do something bigger.
Partnerships and collaborations can take many forms. Whatever the scale of the partnership, effective partnerships are built on clear agreements about the scope of work to be done, the capacity needed to do the work and the mandate or authority in place to ensure that the work is done thoroughly and well.
Tagged in: Advocacy, Broader Partnerships, Build an overarching leadership council, Align and strengthen coalitions, commissions and intermediaries, Business, City, Education (K-12), Engage key stakeholders in setting priorities and solving problems, Education (Post-Secondary), State, Government/Policy, Non‐profit/Foundation, Youth and Families, Webinar