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Forum Flash: April 3, 2007

Takin' Care of Business!

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April 3, 2007


In This Issue
Save the Date!
Connections in the Field
New Report on Business Leadership: Supporting Youth Development and the Talent Pipeline
Online Communications and Advocacy Summit is a Success!
Two New Executive Summaries on Forum Program Quality Guides

Save the Date!

Conference Call: April 4, 2 P.M. EDT will focus on funding streams being used to serve older youth with mental health needs. Chris Koyangi from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health will talk about making the most of Medicaid to serve these youth, and a panel of state leaders will explain using Medicaid and other funding streams at the state level. Moderated by Jan Richter. RSVP to Cecilia Garcia, Cecilia_Garcia1@comcast.net

in the Field

Featured Partner: Youth Policy Action Center is a Web site that serves to engage young people in democracy. It was developed as a collaborative communications platform for online advocacy in 2004, and since then, more than 100 organizations have become members. Read more

Featured Place: Georgetown Divide/Black Oak Mine, California Ready by 21 Coalition just hosted its 2nd Annual Making It Happen Conference, bringing members of the four Ready by 21 workgroups plus key leaders and partners from across the Divide together to share updates on their key activities and partnerships over the past year. Read more 

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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

The month of March was a busy one for us here at the Forum as we finished up several exciting new papers for the field. In the last Forum Flash, we shared two new reports on tools to measure and build program quality. In this issue, we include new executive summaries for those two reports. We are also excited to release a new report which was produced as part of our partnership with Corporate Voices for Working Families. This report focuses on the important role business plays in preparing young people for work. Below, you will also find information about the Online Communications and Advocacy Summit, sponsored by the Youth Policy Action Center (YPAC). From the sidebar, you can learn more about YPAC, our April Featured Partner of the Month, and Georgetown Divide/Black Oak Mine, our Featured Place of the Month. And be sure and save the date for the upcoming conference call on how to better serve older youth with mental health needs.

New Report on Business Leadership: Supporting Youth Development and the Talent Pipeline

CVWF logoThe Forum and Corporate Voices for Working Families partnered to write this report which outlines the core elements of successful business investment in youth programs. The report highlights some of the most innovative strategies being used by companies to prepare young people for the challenges of the global marketplace. Last week, business leaders profiled in the report participated in a briefing on Capitol Hill to inform policy makers of the shared responsibility needed among parents, businesses, schools and government to prepare young people for work. Read the report

Online Communications and Advocacy Summit is a Success!
More than 60 representatives from youth-serving and advocacy organizations gathered for a day of discussion, training and networking to advance advocacy and communications for the child and youth field. The event was sponsored by the Youth Policy Action Center and hosted by the Case Foundation.
See the sidebar link to learn more about the Youth Policy Action Center, our Featured Partner of the Month

Two New Executive Summaries on Forum Program Quality Guides

You may remember the program quality reports from the last Forum Flash. We have now released executive summaries for both!
  • Measuring Program Quality compares the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content and technical properties of nine different program observation tools. For a quick look at what the guide can offer, read the new executive summary. If you have more time, we encourage you to read the full report.
  • Building Quality Improvement Systems takes a close look at efforts underway in three networks seeking and developing strategies to help assess and improve performance. The report also provides a preliminary framework for thinking about key questions when planning any kind of program quality improvement work in the youth-serving sector. We are releasing a new executive summary for this report, and bring you the full report.



Karen Pittman
The Forum for Youth Investment


Publishing Date: 
April 3, 2007