|In the Field
Ready by 21 Spotlighted at the Aspen Ideas Festival
Karen Pittman led two sessions at the annual 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 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.
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.