Forum Flash: February 3, 2009

During these tough times, you need the right tools to figure out what's working. In this edition of Forum Flash, we're proud to announce Measuring Youth Program Quality, Second Edition to give you the latest technical information and tools; and the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition's report on federal resources that currently support youth workers and its recommendations on how to support these workers in the future. Also, save the date for the next Ready by 21 Webinar on the role of legislators in the well-being of children and youth. Do you have Communications skills? Do you want to join the Forum team? We are in need of a Communications Director - find out about the position and how to apply.


The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash
February 3, 2009

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Ready by 21 Webinar
Measuring Youth Program Quality Updated
Federal Programs & Youth Workers
NEEDED: Communications Director
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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

To find out what's working in these tough times, you need the right tools to assess your youth program. To keep you updated and informed, we've released Measuring Youth Program Quality, Second Edition with a new tool and new information.

Also, the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition has a report on how the federal government currently supports youth workers and offers recommendations.

Want to help us position Ready by 21 and the Forum? We have an opening for a Communications Director, find out more below!

A New Ready by 21 Webinar! Register Early!

The Role of Legislators in Ready by 21
Ready by 21 LogoFriday, February 20, 2009
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Join the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Forum for an interactive webinar highlighting the efforts of state legislators who, with their colleagues across the aisle, are prioritizing the coordination of services, developing a common set of outcomes and collaborating to implement plans that foster the well-being of youth. The next session of the Ready by 21 Webinar Series will show how legislators use Ready by 21 tools and resources to improve the outcomes for children and youth.

Space is limited -- reserve your seat today!

Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools, Second Edition

Measuring Youth Program Quality CoverIn 2007, we released the first edition of this report comparing the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content and technical properties of different program observation tools. In this second edition, we added an additional instrument and updated technical and practical information about many of the tools. We hope this new and improved resource will help individuals and systems make sound decisions about what assessment tools and related resources will best meet their program assessment and improvement needs.


Read the report.

Federal Programs & Youth Workers: Opportunities to Strengthen Our WorkforceNext Gen Report Cover

Funds for youth development and after-school programs as a whole are scarce, and when resources are devoted to training or workforce development, they appear to be included as afterthoughts or minor priorities. The Next Generation Youth Work Coalition undertook a scan of a broad range of federal programs to determine how funds are being used to strengthen, support and retain youth workers. This report also starts a dialogue about increasing policy supports for this workforce that we trust to foster the positive development of our nation's young people.

Read the report.

NOW HIRING! Communications Director at the Forum for Youth Investment
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The Forum is hiring a Communications Director. Primary duties include: develop and implement an external communications strategy; manage communications staff, products and budgets; work with the Ready by 21 National Partners to develop an overall external communications plan for Ready by 21; oversee the development and growth of the online presence of Ready by 21 and the Forum.

Get the full job description and find out how to apply.

In the Field
Minnesota Legislative Caucus on Children and Youth Holds First Planning Session
The Forum and the National Conference of State Legislatures facilitated the first planning session of the newly created Minnesota Legislative Caucus on Children and Youth. The bi-partisan, bi-cameral Caucus, championed by State Senator Mee Moua, agreed on a core set of beliefs, made key operational decisions and devised a children and youth learning agenda using keypad voting technology.

Find out how Minnesota focused on long term solutions for children and youth.

Forum Aids Massachusetts in Statewide Planning Process
Forum staff worked with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to develop a statewide plan for youth with a diverse Action Planning Team (APT). Since October, APT members have been working diligently to develop comprehensive action strategies that will improve outcomes for all children and youth in Massachusetts.

Learn more about the process in Massachusetts.

Sincerely,

Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment.

 

Publishing Date: 
February 3, 2009