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Align policies and resources


New Policies Should Align With Existing Goals and Plans for Children and Youth

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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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.
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Introduction to the Ready by 21 Strategies

Specifically, Ready by 21 helps leaders build broader partnerships, set bigger goals, collect and use better data, and take bolder actions. This webinar will guide participants through the essential components of Ready by 21 – the rationale behind Ready by 21, tools and services available to communities and leaders, and the Ready by 21 National Partnership, an unprecedented coalition of organizations representing the government, education, non-profit, business, research and philanthropy sectors.

Aligning Policies, Increasing Impact

Sometimes, the left hand even holds the right hand down. That’s because policies, practices and funding streams that have been instituted over many years by many different people aren’t aligned – and young people suffer. This webinar highlighted concrete examples and specific policy language at the local, state and federal level. Participants learned how they can improve policies and align resources to maximize their positive impact on youth.

Improving Systems and Settings: Quality Improvement in Asheville

You need to make high-quality interactions between young people and adults routine. Approaching quality improvement from a community-wide perspective helps to ensure that the good work done in one corner of a community - such as a school, afterschool program or gymnasium - is complemented by work done elsewhere in the community. Joe Bertoletti of the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and Gina Gallo from the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County discussed the work of assessing the quality, reach and coordination of services in Asheville, NC.

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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Implementing Bolder Strategies 101 Webinar Recording

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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This webinar offers an introduction to the Bolder Actions standards and offers several examples of carrying them out. Broadcast on Aug. 30, 2011, the session was led by Danielle Evennou and Emily Jensen, senior policy associates, and Kiley Bednar, program manager, at the Forum for Youth Investment.

Align policies and resources

That's because policies, practices and funding streams that have been instituted over many years by many different people aren't aligned - and young people suffer. Teachers don't realize that a struggling student needs glasses, because they focus on test scores, not eye tests. A homeless youth spends nights in a hospital waiting room because the staff doesn't know about a transitional living program nearby. Some children receive foster care, but not health care; shelter without education; counseling but little adult supervision.

Developing Strategies from Fiscal Mapping


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.