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Forum Flash: April 27, 2010

In this issue of Forum Flash, be sure to check out videos on the work of Children's Cabinets and Karen's testimony at the Senate HELP Committee on the whole child and ESEA Reauthorization. Also, read a blog post on how school administrators use Ready by 21 to link the efforts of schools and communities and what happens when you bring Ready by 21 communities at different part of the process together. And, that's not all -- check out SparkAction, a merger of three high-profile websites that breaks down silos and unites journalism and advocacy for the benefit of children and youth.

The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash
April 27, 2010

In This Issue
Children's Cabinet Network Video
Together, Quality Counts Sites Reflect & Southeast Challenge Sites Gear Up
SparkAction: For children. For youth. For change.
In the Field

Quick Links

Karen's Columns

Youth Policy Action Center

Connect for Kids

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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

This month has been a busy one; we've got videos to watch, articles to read and websites to check out.

You'll get to see how Ready by 21 ideas and planning can affect everything from policy to school systems. Hear how Ready by 21 tools support the work of Children's Cabinets, why it's so important that the Senate HELP committee "insulate the education pipeline" and read how school administrators use Ready by 21 to link the efforts of schools and communities.

And, that's not all -- check out SparkAction, a merger of three high-profile websites that aims to break down silos and unite journalism and advocacy to improve the lives of young people.

Children's Cabinet Network Video

Children's Cabinet Network ScreenshotIn this video, listen to Elizabeth Gaines, policy director at the Forum, as well as Children's Cabinet Network members from Tennessee, Maine, and Ohio. You will learn about the Children's Cabinet Network, which consists of state executive branch coordinating bodies for children and youth that align and track their work to improve outcomes for young people.

The Forum also works to provide Children's Cabinets with Ready by 21 tools, such as a template for mapping fiscal resources for children and youth, to help integrate big picture thinking into the policy work of these collaborative bodies. In addition, the Forum provides technical assistance to help develop new and sustain existing Children's Cabinets.

Watch the video here.

Together, Quality Counts Sites Reflect & Southeast Challenge Sites Gear Up

In mid-April, teams of leaders from 18 different cities and communities met for a two-day networking and technical assistance experience. For the 12 Quality Counts sites who began their work in late 2007, the meeting was a chance to reflect on accomplishments, share lessons learned and discuss strategies for sustaining their work. For the 6 Southeast Challenge sites, the meeting was a chance to review preliminary findings from their Leadership Capacity Audit and develop a plan with support from a coach and the Ready by 21 technical partners.
Ronnie Stein, of the Nashville city council said, "This has been a terrific opportunity to get concrete information about things like data collection, children's budgets and communications. We are on [the] cutting edge right here and it is so wonderful to be part of a community with other cities and partners who care about this stuff as much as we do."

Journalism & Advocacy Together
SparkAction: For children. For youth. For change.

SparkActionLeaders across the field have come together to create an online storytelling and action resource that can inspire and arm a large constituency to influence the policies and practices that affect children and youth.

Whether you're looking for the latest research on a range of topics, updates on specific policies, tools to help you communicate, fundraise or measure your impact, or compelling stories about what's making a difference, you'll find all this and more at: SparkAction.org.

SparkAction, managed by the Forum, is the merger of three high-profile websites: Connect for Kids, the Youth Policy Action Center and the National Youth Development Information Center.

Be among the first to check out SparkAction!

In the FieldSenate HELP Committee

Karen Pittman Testifies on the Whole Child & ESEA Reauthorization
On Thursday, April 22nd, Karen Pittman participated in a roundtable discussion held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee titled "ESEA Reauthorization: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student." The purpose of the hearing was to discuss ways that federal policy can support efforts to address the needs of the whole student, since students who are healthy, safe, and engaged in learning are more likely to succeed.

Watch a video and download the testimony.

Public School Insights Features Ready by 21

Public School Insights Ready by 21 was featured in a recent Public School Insights blog post, "Getting Students Ready by 21." Dan Domenech of the American Association of School Administrators, a Ready by 21 National Partner, Shelley Berman of Louisville, which recently took on the Ready by 21 challenge, and the Forum's Rob Schamberg spoke about the important role of Ready by 21 in aligning the efforts of communities and schools.

Read the article here.


Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment

Publishing Date: 
April 27, 2010