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Forum Flash: August 11, 2010

In this edition of Forum Flash, read about the Forum's latest work in education and youth policy. Karen Pittman will be a featured panelist at a free event in Washington, DC presenting findings from Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa on the state of education. There's a new webinar at the end of August on program landscape mapping; if you've missed any of our latest webinars be sure to access the materials below to get valuable information. In addition, the Forum's policy team has been very busy mobilizing their Children's Cabinet and Councils Network and America's Youth Council Network in federal youth policy efforts.

The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash
August 11, 2010

In This Issue
School of Thought: Data-Driven Insights to Inform Policy Education
Introducing SparkAction: For Children. For Youth. For Change.
Ready by 21 Strategy Institutes and Trainings
In the Field

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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

Summer is reaching its end and representatives, educators and others are looking ahead to a new school year. In preparation, the Forum has been engaging policy makers, reviewing recent education findings and providing leaders with the information they need to start the year off right.

Below, sign up for an upcoming Ready by 21 webinar or download materials from previous webinars, register for a free event presenting findings from Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa on the state of education and watch a video on efforts to include youth voice in policymaking.

School of Thought: Data-Driven Insights to Inform Education Policy

On August 25, Karen Pittman will be a featured panelist at a Washington, DC summit hosted by Gallup, a Ready by 21 National Partner, and Phi Delta Kappa International, the world's premier professional association for educators. "School of Thought: Data-Driven Insights to Inform Education Policy" will share new research and insights from Phi Delta Kappa's annual education survey, which measures public attitudes and opinions about America's public schools, and the Gallup Student Poll, which measures the hope, engagement and
well-being of students in grades 5-12.

Register for this free event.

Introducing SparkAction: For Children. For Youth. For Change.

SparkAction LogoSparkAction officially launched in June! The Forum is proud to be
managing this collaborative effort for and by the child and youth field to mobilize a large, well-informed constituency to spark action for change. In just six short weeks, SparkAction has already had amazing results: SparkAction's content and state-of-the-art functionality are receiving rave reviews; hundreds of collaborating organizations are involved (special recognition to the National Collaboration for Youth and the Campaign for Youth for fueling our Action Center; ChildAdvocacy 360 for fueling our Improve Communications page; and Ready by 21 for fueling our Work Smarter page); and SparkAction's audience is large and growing and has already begun mobilizing to drive policy change.

Visit SparkAction Today.

Ready by 21 Strategy Institutes and Trainings

Ready by 21
Ready by 21 institutes and trainings are the best way to learn the core principles of Ready by 21 and hear practical examples of how to implement these strategies.

Ready by 21 Webinar: Program Landscape Mapping
Thursday, August 26, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT

Program landscape mapping enables community members, decision makers and stakeholders to identify or inventory existing youth services and organizations. By examining their current assets, communities and states can create connections, improve efficiency in the use of limited resources and assist community members in knowing what's available to them. Explore the framework for creating a program landscape map, as well as, suggestions for moving forward with a survey in your community.

Register Now!

Our Most Recent Webinars and Institutes

Ready by 21 Webinar: Defining Readiness, June 29

This webinar provided a basic overview of definitions of readiness, research on the number of 'ready' youth, connections between individual indicators and overall readiness, and research on the types of supports youth need in order to be ready. Download the materials here.

Ready by 21 Webinar: Introduction to the Ready by 21 Strategy, July 21
This webinar guided participants through the rationale behind Ready by 21, the tools and services available and the Ready by 21 National Partnership, an unprecedented coalition of organizations representing government, education, nonprofit, business, research and philanthropy sectors. Download the materials here and listen to an audio recording (available until August 21).

Ready by 21 Institute: August 3-4

The institute expanded participants' understanding of the Ready by 21 strategies and increased their knowledge base on the research behind the strategies, as well as the practical and conceptual tools that convey it. Forum staff explored multiple ways to apply Ready by 21 to participants' experience and worked through the tools and support offered by the Ready by 21 Partnership. Learn more about the institute and how you could attend a future one.

In the Field

Youth Voice: A Topic of Discussion at the White House
America's Youth Councils Network is working with a coalition of national organizations to advocate for the creation of a National Youth Council. On June 30, coalition members had a West Wing sit-down with Tina Tchen, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, to discuss their vision for ways to incorporate youth voice into federal policymaking.

Check out a video produced by SparkAction.

Forum Convenes Scholars Studying Research Use in Policy & Practice
In July, the Forum and the William T. Grant Foundation convened an interdisciplinary group of
scholars launching studies about the acquisition, use and interpretation of research evidence in policy and practice. The studies focus on the education, child welfare and child mental health sectors; the research "users" in question include state agency officials, district administrators, elected officials, county child welfare directors, school leaders, teachers and others.

Learn more about these scholars.

There's even more going on at the Forum than we can feature here, be sure to check our website for the latest news.


Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment

Publishing Date: 
August 11, 2010