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Ready by 21 Southeast Challenge Overview

August 5, 2011
The Southeast Cities Challenge is an initiative to develop core leadership capacities that are critical to efforts to improve child and youth outcomes from birth to young adulthood. The Ready by 21 National Partnership, a coalition of prominent national organizations whose members touch the lives of over 100 million children and youth across the country, created the Challenge as part of its current focus on working in the Southeast region of the U.S.

The Southeast Cities Challenge is built around the Ready by 21 Standards. At the core of the Ready by 21 work are standards that define excellence in key areas that leaders in the field across the country have confirmed are critical to the success, sustainability and scale of community change efforts. These standards cluster into four areas: 1) building broader partnerships; 2) setting bigger goals; 3) using better data and planning; and 4) implementing bolder strategies to improve the quality, consistency and reach of the formal and informal supports children and youth need. The standards are designed to inform the concrete work leaders are currently doing or planning to do in their communities – tasks that range from developing a top-level coordinating group, to determining the availability and quality of programming for youth, to collecting data about child and youth well-being.