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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.

March 19, 2014
This packet of materials is designed for a collaborative meeting ice breaker, town hall exercise or small group activity. The goal is to learn more about the range of stakeholders of a collaborative effort.
January 15, 2014
This packet of materials assists with learning more about the coalitions and networks that are working on child and youth issues. It provides an activity guide, worksheet and sample visual.
July 17, 2013
Washington, District Of Columbia
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.
May 1, 2013
This chart outlines the important factors to consider when creating an overarching leadership body for youth issues. This chart can be used to assess a current leadership council or can help communities form a new one.
October 16, 2012
Based on the first national survey of after-school "intermediary" organizations, this report describes the after-school coordinating groups, the forms they take and their big concerns. Top of the list? Increasing access for disadvantaged youngsters to affordable, high-quality programs.
August 28, 2012
With various people and organizations playing unique roles in your community – focusing on particular issues, populations and geographic areas – someone needs to keep an eye on the big picture, connect the work of those groups and make sure there are no gaps. That’s why every successful Ready by 21 state or community has an overarching leadership council.
August 6, 2012
Through their work with the White House Council for Community Solutions, The Bridgespan Group had the opportunity to learn from 12 community collaboratives engaged in collective impact across the country. These collaboratives have already achieved needle-moving change (at least 10 percent progress on a community-wide metric) and are making further strides in solving critical social issues. Below are profiles of each that share the collaboratives' paths to getting results.
August 1, 2012
This chart helps assess an overarching youth issues leadership body, such as a children's cabinet, based on six components of success: scope, authority, home, scale, resources and local connections. Taken from the State Children's Cabinet and Councils Series Elements of Success: Structural Options.
June 15, 2012
While child and youth coordinating bodies such as Children’s Cabinets, P-20 Councils, and Early Childhood Councils are critical in providing seamless, effective and efficient services to children and youth, there is little research on them. Which is why the Forum conducted the Ready by 21 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.: the first comprehensive biennial survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies, conducted with assistance from the RAND Corporation.
Policy Paper
May 18, 2012
The report, Higher Education Involvement with Child and Youth Coordinating Bodies, assesses how higher education stakeholders in six states contribute to the operation and success of state coordinating bodies, and identifies challenges and strategies for effectively engaging higher education stakeholders. An estimated 34 states are working to improve child and youth outcomes through the use of children's cabinets, commissions or councils.