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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.

Policy Paper
June 21, 2012
What does it take to support disconnected youth? We know it takes not just one program, but a range of supports and opportunities. This White House paper outlines some of the existing barriers to comprehensive efforts along with some sensible steps federal policymakers can take to make it easier for providers in communities.
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.
Policy Paper
January 11, 2012
To have a collective impact on child and youth outcomes, leaders must develop and implement a broad, long-term child and youth strategy, and be accountable for results. This can be a challenge. Policies often require the creation of strategic plans that are organized around a single, narrow topic. Instead of working toward collective impact, policy leaders end up generating separate sets of goals and plans, which fragment their efforts. This guide provides a set of strategies and recommendations to ensure that new child and youth policies align with existing efforts in order to create a seamless system of supports.
Policy Paper
October 18, 2011
This paper from Corporate Voices, similarly profiles private-sector commitments to support education and workforce training for lower-skilled employees, and documents the substantial payoff to companies that have done so.
Policy Paper
August 4, 2011
Many states and communities have multiple task forces, partnerships and councils working on overlapping youth issues, from bullying to pregnancy to dropouts. This policy brief calls attentions to the problem of collaboration overload, and suggests ways to tackle it.
Policy Paper
August 4, 2011
This policy brief by the Forum for Youth Investment provides real world examples of what can go wrong when policy language does not encourage new efforts to blend with existing collaboratives. The brief also includes examples of language that does promote collaboration.
Policy Paper
September 28, 2010
The National Collaboration for Youth brings together over 50 national non‐profit organizations that provide programs, services, technical assistance, training and evaluation to youth in America. Primarily community‐based, the members of NCY have a significant interest in youth development. Through that lens, National Collaboration for Youth examined No Child Left Behind and proposed recommendations for change during the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Policy Paper
June 28, 2010
The College Board and the National Conference of State Legislatures joined together to produce a practical policy guide for state legislators to pursue each of the Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education's recommendations. The guide acts as a road map toward increasing the number of Americans who attain a postsecondary degree and empowering legislators to be an even more positive and active force in education reform.
Policy Paper
February 8, 2010
Eighteen percent of children in the U.S. are living in poverty, up from 17.4% in 2006—the highest percentage of child poverty since 1981. Eight million U.S. children are without health insurance. Although many young people in this country may be doing well, it’s clear too many are falling behind. While most would agree that “children are our greatest asset,” the federal government’s investment in children and youth is in decline. This policy paper by the National Collaboration for Youth offers a range of policy recommendations to improve outcomes and supports for children and youth.
Policy Paper
May 23, 2008
This report, prepared by Corporate Voices for Working Families, spotlights the challenges facing the business community—and highlights actions that can be taken now to help solve a problem that involves not just young people, but one that touches the lives of everyone.