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Create a big picture, goal-oriented action plan

 

Establishing a Balanced Set of Goals: Guiding the Way

Participants were introduced to activities for building agreement and heard about potential indicators for goals across developmental years and the range of outcomes, as developed by the Forum and Child Trends.

Presenters: Suzanne Hershey, Senior Fellow, the Forum for Youth Investment and former Facilitator of the Ready by 21 initiative, Austin, Tex.
 

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Create a big picture, goal-oriented action plan

Create a formal action plan, or improve the one you have, to outline a path for improving child and youth outcomes. We talked earlier, under “Define common terms and communicate core messages,” about the value of giving people “a framework for action.” Now is the time.

A well-done action plan is more than a blueprint for workers. Leaders use these plans as calls to action, generating community excitement and rallying key players – from youth and families to business and philanthropic leaders – around the cause.

The plan tells the community that:

Youth Ready by 21: A Five-Year Action Agenda for Maryland

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MD
Monday, October 15, 2007
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The Maryland Action Agenda is comprehensive in scope and built on a holistic assessment regarding the needs of Maryland’s young adults. In developing this agenda, the touchstone has been to focus on a big picture result for all of Maryland’s youth – that they are ready for college, work and life by age 21.
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Nashville Child and Youth Master Plan

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Nashville, TN

The challenge is to move beyond fragmented approaches, toward citywide collaboration and accountability. The Mayor’s Child and Youth Master Plan is an invitation to the community to make a commitment to children and youth by working collaboratively to achieve the plan’s desired outcomes.

SNEAK PEEK
Nashville's 14 desired outcomes for children and youth

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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The Nashville Mayor’s Child and Youth Master Plan is first and foremost a living document that seeks to clarify and prioritize what Nashville as a city want to see and commit to concerning the well-being of its children and youth. It is also a call to the larger community to develop broader partnerships, set attainable goals, employ data driven decision making and engage in bolder strategies.
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What Makes an Action Plan a Ready by 21 Action Plan?

Sunday, October 31, 2010
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There are a myriad of planning approaches that “begin with the end in mind,” supporting the development of action agendas that are focused on improving outcomes. Ready by 21 provides important added dimensions to these approaches, helping address two common challenges – how can we address more than one issue or indicator at a time? And how can we maximize involvement in and commitment to both the planning process and the work that follows? This guide offers guidelines and recommendations.

Ready by 21 and Collective Impact

Thursday, March 24, 2011
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In this commentary, Karen Pittman, president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, discusses how Ready by 21 encourages community leaders and organizations to work together to achieve common goals through collective impact strategies.

Bigger Goals Toolkit

When leaders band together to improve supports for young people, they hold enormous collective power – to do what? What, exactly, do they want to achieve? Now is the time to establish a common, action-oriented vision: A vision that conveys compelling goals and indicators for all children and youth; a vision that gets everyone going in the same direction.

Massachusetts Success for Life Toolkit

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MA

SNEAK PEEK
Local Action Planning Team Worksheet

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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Lifelong success in the 21st century demands unprecedented cooperation and collaboration between and amongst all of those who care for and about children, youth and families. Success for Life offers a foundation for a shared mission to move Massachusetts forward. Using the Ready by 21 approach and facilitated by the Forum for Youth Investment, a cross-sector, cross-discipline, cross-agency team held a series of ground-breaking conversations to define and advance a shared set of goals and strategies capable of lifting all children, youth and families toward self-sufficiency and success for life. This guide features the tools and resources utilized for those conversations.
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Columbus, IN Council for Youth Development Brochure

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Columbus, IN
Friday, August 5, 2011
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The Columbus, Ind., Council for Youth Development brought together the local school system, youth-serving agencies, government, United Way and several other stakeholder groups, with support from Ready by 21. The goal: Help prepare Columbus' children to be healthy, successful members of society. The council's brochure shows how a local leadership group can communicate its work and core messages to the public.
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