Forum Flash: June 16, 2009

In this edition of Forum Flash, read Karen's latest Youth Today column that reflects on the similar challenges in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and, if you haven't had a chance to join one, make sure to clear your calendar for the next Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge webinar. Learn more about high-school afterschool programs in the latest Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary and more below.

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June 16, 2009

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Karen Pittman's Youth Today Column
New Ready by 21 Webinar: Intro to the Ready by 21 Challenge
Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #14
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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

As young people gear up for summer, it's important to provide the right supports outside of school for children and youth be healthy, connected and productive. This month, Karen Pittman's Youth Today column features commonalities of the ways the juvenile justice and child welfare systems help transition-age youth.

Have you heard of Ready by 21, but aren't sure exactly what it is? Here is your chance to find out in our June webinar, Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge. Sign up below, read the latest in high school after-school in our Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary and more!

Karen's Youth Today Column: Taking Risks for Transition-Age Youth

Youth TodayIn her latest column, Karen Pittman reflects on conversations between leaders of the juvenile justice and the child welfare systems about their efforts to strengthen supports for young people. The experts agreed that partnerships between community organizations and public systems should be stronger and that youth-focused community-based organizations can and should play a larger role.

Read Karen's column.

New Ready by 21 Webinar: Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge -- Thursday, June 18 1:00-2:00pm EST

Ready by 21 Logo Ready by 21 isn't a program or a campaign or even an initiative. It is a challenge to all who care about children and youth to think differently, learn a different way to manage, make or measure change in order to act differently. Specifically, so that they can make decisions that lead to bigger goals, bolder strategies, better partnerships. This webinar will guide participants through the essential components of the Ready by 21 Challenge.

Space is limited -- sign up today!
Out of School Time Policy Commentary: OSTPC 14 Cover
"After School Grows Up: Helping Teens Prepare for the Future"

This commentary takes readers on a cross-country tour of after-school innovation -- from northern and southern California to Chicago, New York and New Hampshire. In this issue, we describe two very different school-based models in California, summarize lessons from recent evaluations of After School Matters in Chicago and the OST Initiative in New York City and identify studies to watch for. We also speak with leaders from New Hampshire where an ambitious high school redesign effort is building upon successful high school after-school programs.

Read the latest issue of the OSTPC.

In the Field
A Ready by 21 Webinar Summary: Program Landscape Mapping

Ready by 21 LogoThis webinar explored why a community would want to gather information regarding the program landscape and how
the information can be used to help leaders make decisions and take action. Sandra Booth, of the United Way of Richmond and Petersburg, discussed the program landscape mapping process in Richmond and Kiley Bednar shared her experience of leading five pilot sites in a landscape mapping process in Illinois.

Check out the related resources and webinar summary.

CVWFCorporate Voices for Working Families, a Ready by 21 National Partner, Promotes Positive Youth Development
Melissa Hough presented a session, "Workforce Readiness on the Ground: Ready by 21 Interactive Discussion," at the Corporate Voices 8th Annual Meeting. Participants, including First Lady Michelle Obama, cited workforce readiness and youth development as immediate priorities that business should be tackling as part of their corporate responsibility commitments and expressed interest in hearing more about Ready by 21 and the opportunity for business.

See video and read more about Corporate Voices for Working Families.


Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment


Publishing Date: 
June 17, 2009