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Forum Flash: December 4, 2009

This month in Forum Flash, we have announced our next webinar on the Ready by 21 Tool Kit - so be sure to save the date. Also, find out more about the Ready by 21 Leadership Network, which will let leaders take full advantage of the Ready by 21 Approach and Partnership. Be sure to check out the news video and news story on Ready by 21 work in local communities and see the workshop presentations from the Search Institute 2009 Conference.

The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash
December 4, 2009

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The Ready by 21 Tool Kit Webinar: December 17
Are you Ready to Deepen & Demonstrate the Difference You Make?
2009 Search Institute Conference - A Great Success!
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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

Even though we barely had time for turkey, the Forum is thankful to be so busy helping to support children, youth, communities and leaders. We have a lot to update you on, so we'll get right to it.

This time in Forum Flash: save the date for our upcoming webinar on the Ready by 21 Tool Kit, read about the great reception of Ready by 21 at the Search Institute 2009 Conference and more.

Upcoming Ready by 21 Webinar:
The Ready by 21 Tool Kit: Tools for Building Better Partnerships and Designing Bolder Strategies

Wednesday, December 17 2:00-3:00 PM EST

Ready by 21Learn how to ask and find the answers to more complex questions about who and where children are; how well they are doing; what they are participating in; and how these critical supports are being viewed and supported. Also, find out about the broad suite of tools and services offered by the Ready by 21 Partnership to help leaders collect, analyze and use information.

Register Here.

This webinar was presented at the Search Institute 2009 Conference. If you missed it, here's your chance to check it out!

Unable to attend our last webinar? Get the summary on "Assessing and Improving Youth Program Quality" here.

Are you Ready to Deepen & Demonstrate the Difference You Make in Young People's Lives?

Ready by 21 Leadership Network BrochureAll leaders have a vision that every young person will be ready for college, work and life. But the challenge is connecting the dots to get full returns on your efforts. Ready by 21 offers a "back-to-basics" approach that can get you on the right path. The Ready by 21 Partnership can meet you where you are, challenge you to do what's needed, help you get further faster, encourage you to be a champion for change and engage you in a variety of opportunities. By joining the Ready by 21 Leadership Network, you can get full access to the Partnership and Approach.

Learn more about the Ready by 21 Leadership Network and how to join.

Search Conference 2009 Logo2009 Search Institute Healthy Youth Healthy Communities Conference - A Great Success!

Nearly 1,000 youth and community development advocates gathered in Ohio for the 2009 Search Institute Conference. The Ready by 21 Partnership was proud to be a signature sponsor and have the opportunity to meet leaders. This conference was the first time that Ready by 21 was presented on a national level, and conference participants' responses were extremely positive. Ready by 21-led learning sessions and workshops were well attended (in some cases, standing room only).

Find out more about the conference and get the workshop presentations.

In the Field

VIDEO: "Gallup and Ready: What We Need to Do To Change the Odds for Our Youth" at the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival
In June, Karen Pittman attended the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival as a featured speaker during the session, "Gallup and Ready: What We Need to Do To Change the Odds for Our Youth" where she and other experts discussed the results of the Gallup Organization's Student Poll and how America can better prepare its youth for the challenges of the new global economy.

"Linking Data across Agencies: States That Are Making It Work"

As a condition for receiving funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, every governor and chief state school officer has agreed to develop statewide longitudinal data systems that can follow students from early learning to postsecondary education and into the workforce. This publication, co-authored by the Data Quality Campaign and the Forum, provides an in-depth look at the collaborative, cutting-edge work of Children's Cabinets and others to share data across agencies in order to improve the planning and delivery of services.

In the News: Ready by 21 Featured at Graduation Summit in Tennessee; California City to Use Ready by 21 in Action Planning Process

Forum staff recently facilitated a community wide discussion on the dropout issue in Chattanooga, Tennessee using Ready by 21 tools and concepts. The event, which brought together over 400 people, was widely reported in the local news and featured attendees on the evening news.

The city of Petaluma, CA, is engaging the Petaluma Youth Network in an action planning process to set bigger goals and use bolder strategies using the Ready by 21 framework.


Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment

Publishing Date: 
December 4, 2009