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Explore this collection of tools, reports, guides and other materials selected from across the expertise of the Ready by 21 National Partnership. You can search for specific resources using the filters on the left side or using the drop down menus below.

Guide
April 23, 2011
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together. United Way Worldwide is dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children and youth, and this website lays out their priority areas, resources and case studies.
Worksheet
February 3, 2011
This worksheet and accompanying example help leaders get a fuller picture of how data are shared and disseminated in your community. It helps leaders assess how well they are collecting, warehousing and sharing data about youth outcomes, community, school and family supports, and leader efforts.
Report
December 16, 2010
This publication provides a new perspective on evidence-based practice in the field of juvenile justice. As Shay Bilchik, director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and research professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, says about the focus of the paper, “It is not just about evaluating programs, but ensuring that there is a sufficient array of programs available, that youth are matched to appropriate services based on risk and need and that services are evaluated to determine if we are achieving the outcomes the science tells us we should be able to realize.”
Guide
September 15, 2010
State legislators are in a prime position to help increase college completion. They have the power to enact effective policies that can increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree. Before developing policies, however, legislators will want to know exactly what the problems are in their state. This guide provides some tips for gathering essential information and data related to college completion.
Guide
September 14, 2010
Business leaders play a crucial role in community efforts to ensure that all youth are ready for college, work and life. Business leaders are eager to make an impact across the education and talent development pipeline, from cradle to career. They want to ensure that the roles they play help contribute to better outcomes for youth, families and communities. Nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to recognize the needs of youth in their community and recommend how business may be able to best use their assets to meet those needs. This dual purpose Business Engagement Menu provides business leaders with the various ways they can be involved in communities. Nonprofit leaders can also use the menu to learn the array of options that exist to get business active in effectively meeting a community’s goals for youth.
Issue Brief
September 10, 2010
The Youth Program Quality Intervention is the basis for numerous improvement projects around the country. The YPQI follows the Assess-Plan-Improve sequence to help programs focus on and improve the quality of program offerings they provide for youth. This brief describes the YPQI, focusing on how it can be implemented in a city, county or state network.
Guide
August 23, 2009
The website by the America's Promise Alliance contains tips, templates, reference materials and other resources to help you plan a successful event to galvanize your community to take action to improve the lives of youth.
Guide
May 28, 2009
This guidebook contains research, best practices, and key tools for tackling a community’s dropout challenge. The guide will help communities develop community-specific plans for keeping students on track to graduate from high school and to be prepared for college, the workforce, and active citizenship.
Issue Brief
November 6, 2008
The Forum partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Nonprofits to publish Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes. This study focuses on how organizations translate principles of youth engagement into practice and build a culture of partnership, as well as the outcomes – for young people, institutions and communities – that can result when they do. The research focuses on two organizations, Austin Voices for Education and Youth and Oasis Community IMPACT in Nashville, TN, but the lessons can help any organization committed to meaningful youth engagement advance their efforts in concrete ways.