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Forum Flash: July 23, 2009

We've got exciting news this month! We're proud to announce our Ready by 21 Video and Brochure – these are great resources that lay out in a simple way the Ready by 21 Challenge, Approach and Partnership. In the video, hear the story of leaders in Richmond using Ready by 21 to improve their community. We've also got an opening for an editorial multimedia associate for SparkAction, formerly known as Connect for Kids and more.

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July 23, 2009

In This Issue
New Ready by 21 Materials
Ready by 21 Webinar: Aligning Policies & Funding
In the Field
Job Opening: SparkAction Editorial Multimedia Associate

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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

Even in the heat of summer, the Forum just can't take a vacation. We are proud to announce two new products -- a Ready by 21 Video and Ready by 21 Brochure! Find out below what these great resources offer.

Also, be sure to clear your calendar for the next webinar in the Ready by 21 Webinar Series -- learn how some cities and states creatively fund child and youth services. Read about the presence of Ready by 21 at the Aspen Ideas Festival, a job opening and more!

New Ready by 21 Materials Now Available

Ready by 21 Video
A ten-minute video providing an overview of the Ready by 21 Approach and Challenge is now accessible on the Ready by 21 Web site. The video presentation features Karen Pittman, Merita Irby, Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way of America, the Ready by 21 signature partner and leaders from Richmond, Va., who have taken on the Ready by 21 Challenge.
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Watch the video here!

Ready by 21 Brochure
A Ready by 21 brochure outlining the Approach and listing the Partners is now available in a downloadable format. These new information tools are ideal for introducing state and local decision-makers to the Ready by 21 Approach and Partnership.

Read the brochure.

New Ready by 21 Webinar:
Aligning Policies and Funding
Wednesday, August 12 1:00-2:00pm EDT

What is the best way to establish and Ready by 21 Logofund coordinated, aligned youth services? What are the different types of funding available? How can coordinating bodies pool and leverage their resources? In the next Ready by 21 webinar, hear about cities and states that have crafted innovative solutions to the chronic effects of siloed approaches to improve youth programs and services.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

In the Field
Ready by 21 Spotlighted at the Aspen Ideas Festival
Karen Pittman led two sessions at the Ready by 21 Logoannual Aspen Ideas Festival held July 2-5. Her first session, "Mentoring Kids for College and Careers: What is Working?," discussed strategies for increasing post-secondary readiness and success of disadvantaged and disconnected students.

"What We Need to Do to Change the Odds for Our Nation's Youth," was jointly presented by the Forum and Gallup, one of the Ready by 21 technical partners. Gallup recently conducted the Gallup Student Poll, which found that only one in four students is hopeful, engaged and thriving. This research set the stage for discussion about the relationship between overall well-being and academic success.

Read more about the Festival and Karen's sessions.

Ready by 21 Partner, Corporate Voices for Working Families Releases Report on Ill-Prepared WorkforceIll-Prepared Workforce
Corporate Voices for Working Families, a Ready by 21 national partner, along with The American Society for Training and Development,
The Conference Board and the Society for Human Resource Management have just released a new report that shows U.S. employers continue to struggle with an ill-prepared workforce, finding new hires lack crucial basic and applied skills. For the most part, employer-sponsored readiness training is not successfully correcting these deficiencies, according to the report, The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce: Exploring the Challenges of Employer-Provided Workforce Readiness Training.

Read the more about the report.

Search Institute, Ready by 21 Partner, Releases Study on Well-Being of 15 Year Olds
The Search Institute teamed up with Best Buy to release a study exploring the importance of teen motivation and engagement in civic life. The study results find that only seven percent of 15 year-olds in the U.S. experience a strong combination of three key factors critical to their success, according to research sponsored by the Best Buy Children's Foundation.

Read about the report.Search Institute

Also, SAVE THE DATE for the 2009 Search Institute Conference
Search Institute, a Ready by 21 technical partner, will be hosting its annual Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth Conference in Cincinnati from November 5-7. The Theme of this year's conference in "Successful Practices: Surviving to Thriving". There will be more than 100 sharing and learning sessions, keynote speakers, youth sessions and activities, exhibits, authors and more.

Find out more about the conference and register.

Job Opening: SparkAction Editorial Multimedia Associate
SparkAction (formerly Connect for Kids) -- a collaborative online journalism and advocacy platform managed by the Forum for Youth Investment -- seeks an energetic, outgoing self-starter with journalism and multimedia production skills to report and create online multimedia stories within the child and youth field; conduct outreach to audience and partners; and handle the day-to-day responsibilities of maintaining a high-level, interactive Web site.

Read the job description and apply.


Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment


Publishing Date: 
July 23, 2009