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Opportunities in the Workforce Readiness Pipeline: A Community Engagement Toolkit for Business

The toolkit reflects the expertise of United Way Worldwide and the Workforce Strategy Center, content partners in the publication. It offers practical advice and hands-on steps to investing in community improvement, and features case studies from leading corporate citizens like KPMG LLP's Family for Literacy program, Baxter International's Science@Work program, and the Bridging Richmond initiative, supported by the Altria Group.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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This toolkit is designed to assist business and local leaders in developing successful, sustainable partnerships to ensure that more young people in their communities have the highest-quality education and supports they need to be successful today, and as the workforce we will depend on tomorrow.
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Credentialed by 26 Challenge

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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The Credentialed by 26 Challenge (March-October, 2011) helps selected communities increase supports for older youth – with an emphasis on helping more low-income, minority and first-generation college-goers obtain postsecondary credentials with labor market value.
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Youth Program Quality Intervention Technical Assistance Brief

Friday, September 10, 2010
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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.

Developing Strategies from Fiscal Mapping

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Louisville, KY
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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This powerpoint presentation provides an overview of the efforts underway in Louisville, Ken., to coordinate youth services and funding, to ensure that the right services are where they are most needed, resources coming in to the community are maximized, individual providers are accountable for program results, and the system as a whole measures and track outcomes.
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Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

The principles can be implemented in a wide range of organizations, including schools, youth organizations or community centers that want to strengthen their commitment to youth leadership, or community-change focused organzations or coalitions that want to strengthen their commitment to youth involvement.

Sunday, July 1, 2007
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Engaging young people as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating that idea into effective practice requires focused attention to a range of issues. They are important but simple principles for putting the idea of youth engagement into practice.

Primer on Creating Effective Youth Panels

Based on the experience of facilitating youth panels, the feedback of young people involved and the Forum for Youth Investment's ongoing work around youth as agents of change, the Forum has created this short primer on creating student panels that aid in the process of reinventing high schools.

Youth voices are critical for several reasons:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
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Youth voices are critical to decision making on issues such as school reform. This guide provides information on how youth panels can be a tool to meaningfully engage young people on an issue that directly affects them: improvements to their schools.
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Building Effective Youth Councils

The Forum believes that meaningful youth engagement is critical for the creation of sustainable, widespread, high-impact change in the systems and settings that can either support or hinder young people’s progress.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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This publication, created by the Forum for Youth Investment with National League of Cities, provides a practical guide to engaging youth in policymaking. It provides a rationale for youth councils, keys to making them effective and examples of useful documents and language.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services Effective and Promising Practices

Once communities have determined their desired outcomes, this website offers information regarding federal agencies or nationally recognized organizations that use different levels of criteria for identifying effective programs. This website may assist in identifying effective programs that may best match your needs.

http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/sppd/eff_practices/links.asp

Friday, January 4, 2008
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This website is a one-stop resource on interventions that are considered to be effective and promising.
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Getting to Outcomes: 10 Steps for Achieving Results-Based Accountability

GTO consists of 10 steps that empower program developers to do the following:

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
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Developed by the RAND Corporation, Getting to Outcomes outlines a step-by-step process to plan, implement and evaluate effective programs that are intended to achieve outcomes in a community. Developed for the substance abuse prevention field, Getting to Outcomes can be applied to the process of goal-setting and intervention selection for many social issues. This report briefly describes GTO's 10 Steps.

Community Data Inventory Worksheet and Example

The worksheet was developed based on work with the Southeast Challenge Cities, as they identified the need to align their data amongst their stakeholders. The example is provided to aid leaders in completing their own community data assessment.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
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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.

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