Forum Flash: July 9, 2008

The Forum is proud to revive the Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary; the first issue is focused on youth work practice and reivews studies that our broadening our knowledge. Karen Pittman's Youth Today column looks at what young people need to get through school rather than dropping out. Our next webinar in the Ready by 21 Webinar Series is on Big Picture Messages & Frameworks - register today! The Fourth Youth Policy Institute brought together legislators, executive branch officials and jodges together to coordinate their efforts and see how they are faring.


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July 9, 2008

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OST Policy Commentary
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Karen's Youth Today Column
Ready by 21 Big Picture Webinar
Conferences and Convenings

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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

Even with summer in full swing, the Forum is taking no vacation. Scroll down to find out about the revival of the Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary, the latest Ready by 21 Webinar and the Youth Policy Institute in Kentucky and more!

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary is Back!

In this issue, "Unpacking Youth Work Practice," we discuss the implications of recent research led by Bart Hirsch, Reed Larson and Charles Smith. Each study helps deepen our understanding of youth work practice and can inform policy strategies aimed at developing a strong, stable, committed and prepared OST workforce. Read the full issue.

Wanted: Youth Work Principles in Schools

Karen's Youth Today Column"Seven students recently joined me for breakfast in a windowless conference room in Des Moines to talk about 'the high school dropout crisis.' They were experts: Five had dropped out. Another had come very close," writes Karen Pittman in her latest Youth Today column.

"My goal was to get them to talk about 'the problem' in their own words. Why did they leave school? Why did they return? What's different this time?" Read Karen's full column to find out about the youths' "Rs" for education.

Ready by 21 Big Picture Messages & Frameworks Webinar

CFK BannerThis session examined the commonalities of the major child and youth development frameworks and discussed how youth programs and policies can be improved with a coordinated framework. This session, led by Karen Pittman, sought to explain how to connect such a framework to youth programs and initiatives. Debbie Herr from the Black Oak Mine Unified School District in California and Julienne Smrcka from the New Mexico Children's Cabinet offered their perspectives and experience on developing a youth-centered framework and explained how to use that framework to guide strategy to improve the odds for children and youth. View the webinar presentation.

Conferences & Convenings
CFK BannerForum Works with State Teams Across the County to Improve Youth Policy
The Forum, with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, held the Fourth Annual Youth Policy Institute on June 13-14 in Kentucky. The Institute brought together state policymakers and aimed to help state governments obtain better outcomes from their youth policies and programs. Teams of legislators, executive branch officials and judges from Missouri, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee developed strategies for enhancing youth policy in their states. Karen Pittman delivered opening remarks that invigorated the planning sessions. Throughout the institute, state teams:
  • Gained a greater understanding of positive youth development principals, including how these principals should inform policy makers in the strategic investment of public dollars.
  • Learned about specific state-level programs that have proven effective in supporting youth, including those programs aimed at addressing negative behaviors (e.g., high school dropout rates) and encouraging positive actions (e.g., workforce development).
  • Explored frameworks for developing a comprehensive, cross-system approach to youth policy and governance mechanisms, such as Children's Cabinets and joint legislative committees; and the creation of youth budgets and report cards.
  • Developed action plans for youth initiatives in each state.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Youth Development Roundtable
On June 11, Karen Pittman served as the moderator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Commission to Build a Healthier America's "Youth Development Roundtable" in North Carolina. The roundtable provided the RWJF Commission with an opportunity to learn from state and local programs and innovators about strategies for sustaining healthy child development. Key representatives from community- and state-level programs, businesses, philanthropic organizations, advocacy groups and faith-based organizations were in attendance. Find out more about the Commission's work.

Selecting Population Level Youth Indicators in Kentucky
In early June, Karen Finn facilitated a retreat of the Kentucky Youth Development Coordinating Council focused on selecting population-level youth indicators that the state will collectively track and improve. Review Karen Finn's powerpoint.

Sincerely,

Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment

Publishing Date: 
July 9, 2008