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Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making

The guide is divided into three parts:


The Rationale for Youth Engagement in Government provides a theoretical and historical context for youth councils by articulating the rationale for engaging youth in policy and decision-making processes and by explaining the Forum’s Principles of Youth Engagement.

Sunday, July 15, 2007
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The guide is designed to help states and localities create or strengthen their own youth councils. It is a synthesis of theory and practice that provides a general framework for thinking about youth councils, explaining the principles for youth action and the importance of youth engagement. It also incorporates advice and lessons from people in the field who have started or currently staff youth councils across the country. The guide incorporates examples from these youth councils to illustrate key points, focusing heavily on the youth councils in Boston, Massachusetts; Hampton, Virginia; and the state of New Mexico.

Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes

The case studies described in this report underscore the critical role that community-based organizations can play both in developing young people’s leadership abilities and driving positive community change. Specifically, the authors push beyond principles, identifying effective organizational and management practices that can help any organization committed to meaningful youth engagement advance their efforts in concrete ways. Additionally, the outcomes they identify present a useful impact framework for much-needed future program evaluation and research efforts.

Thursday, November 6, 2008
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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.
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Education Strategies: Improving Success for Children and Youth

 

Focus Areas:

 

  • Enter school ready to succeed
  • Read proficiently by 4th grade
  • Make a successful transition to middle school
  • Graduate from high school on time
  • Be ready for success in college, work, and life

United Way Worldwide Education Website

Saturday, April 23, 2011
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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.

Improving College Completion - Gathering Information: Tips for Legislators

Ask Great Questions
     

  • How many adults in the state have a postsecondary credential or degree?
  • How many students are placed into remedial courses and how do they perform in those courses? How many remedial students complete a degree?
  • How successful are students in first-year, introductory courses (also known as gateway courses)?
  • Do institutions in the state administer exit surveys to track the reasons students drop out? If so, what are the main reasons?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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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.
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An Invitation to the Big Picture: Implementing a Local Collaboration for Youth (LCY) in Your Community

How are the children and youth in your community doing? What’s their high school graduation rate? How about the number of adolescent pregnancies, rate of childhood obesity and the level of juvenile crime? Are they ready by the age of 21 to go to college, get a job, be a parent?

Thursday, June 23, 2011
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The National Collaboration for Youth and the Forum for Youth Investment recently released a guide to forming and sustaining Local Collaborations for Youth (LCY). An LCY is a means for local child- and youth-serving agencies to pool their collective expertise, resources, and voice in ‘whole-community’ efforts to improve outcomes for children and youth. It’s a chance to take a look at the Big Picture of child and youth well-being in a community. It’s about identifying gaps, aligning efforts, and improving impact.

Summit Toolbox: Planning a Successful Summit

Community events and summits are generally intended to build a sense of urgency around the crisis facing America's young people, secure a commitment to action from leaders in all sectors and most importantly, to result in follow-up action plans to strengthen current efforts and initiate new strategic activity to help more young people graduate from high school ready for college, work and life.

Sunday, August 23, 2009
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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.

Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle The Dropout Crisis

Grad Nation contains research-based guidance for addressing the dropout crisis, along with ready-to-print tools and links to additional online resources.

One size does not fit all, so you will not find step-by-step instructions for a standardized program. Instead, Grad Nation provides information and tools for developing and implementing a customized program that’s right for your community.

Thursday, May 28, 2009
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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.

Call to Action: Ready by 21 Business Engagement Menu

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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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.

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