Forum Flash: March 23, 2009

In Karen Pittman's Youth Today column, she reflects on the election that successfully mobilized young people and diverse citizens alike. Karen also worked with other child and youth leaders at the Shaping America's Youth IV Forum that prepared recommendations for President Obama. Also, check out the opening for a Program Manager at the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, see the presentations given to the next generation of child and youth leaders at Harvard University by Forum staff and much more!


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March 23, 2009

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Karen's Youth Today Column
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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

Here at the Forum, we have dug out of the snow and are looking forward to spring. In this issue of Forum Flash, Karen reflects on a historical election that mobilized young people and brought diverse citizens together as a whole.

Also, read the recommendations that Karen and other child and youth leaders prepared for President Obama at the Shaping America's Youth IV Forum. Interested in giving 21st Century Community Learning Centers assistance? The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality needs a Program Manager. And as always, Forum staff have been supporting state and local communities -- find out what we've been up to below!

Karen's Youth Today Column
Karens Youth Today "On January 20, I joined millions of Americans and millions more around the world to watch the inauguration of our 44th president... I warmed to the close-ups of the people in the crowd - so much diversity, so much hope, so much respect for the moment and for each other," writes Karen Pittman in her Youth Today column.

"Barack Obama inspired and mobilized young people in a way that no president, not even John F. Kennedy, has done before. His was, and is, a message of inclusion, optimism, vision, integrity and service. It was not just a message to African-American youth. The 'we' in 'Yes We Can' referred to all of us."

Read Karen's column.

Ready by 21 Webinar: Using a Results Framework for Child & Youth Outcomes
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Ready by 21 Logo Considering the heightened focus on data-driven decision making, this webinar will explore the latest developments in tracking youth indicators and outcomes. As the latest webinar in the Ready by 21 Webinar Series, we'll look at best practice examples from states and highlight new and proven ways to develop a balanced range of both positive and negative youth indicators.

Register today!

NOW HIRING! Program Manager for 21st CCLC Projects at the CYPQ

The Center LogoThe David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a joint venture of the Forum for Youth Investment and High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, is in need of a Program Manager for its 21st Century Community Learning Center projects. Primary duties include: coordinating a large scale training and technical assistance system in Michigan's 21st CCLC network; developing and delivering training and technical assistance content; coordinating the activities of a team of field consultants; and managing client relations.

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

In the Field
Nashville's Youth Opportunity Center, the Nation's First "Promise Place"YOC
Nashville's Youth Opportunity Center (YOC), named the nation's first "Promise Place" by America's Promise Alliance, was dedicated February 28th proudly displaying the Ready by 21 mantra "Ready for College, Ready for Work, Ready for Life" on their door. The YOC will serve thousands of youth annually through nine collaborating agencies offering more than 30 different programs. The Forum has had a longstanding relationship with the Oasis Center, which was integral to the YOC's formation. Oasis Center leads Nashville's Ready by 21 Quality Counts work; for several years, the Forum provided technical assistance to Oasis Community IMPACT, a youth organizing effort now housed at the YOC.

Read the press release.

Ready by 21 LogoReady by 21 Partnership Featured at AASA's National Conference on Education

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA), a Ready by 21 National Partner, featured the Ready by 21 Partnership in a major session at their National Conference on Education on February 19-21 in San Francisco, CA. Merita Irby facilitated a panel discussion with Ready by 21 Partners, including Donna Klein, President and Founder of Corporate Voices for Working Families, Nina Sazer O'Donnell, Vice President of Education for United Way of America and AASA field superintendent Jim Halley, 2007 Superintendent of the Year for the State of Rhode Island.

Find out more about the Ready by 21 work superintendents accomplished during the conference.


Shaping America's Future ForumShaping America's Future Forum
Karen Pittman served as a panelist in the HOPE (Harnessing Optimism and Potential through Education) Foundation's "Courage Leadership for SHAPING AMERICA'S FUTURE IV." Shaping America's Future IV focused on creating a new vision of what an American education should look like in the 21st century and how it can best be achieved. The forum concluded with a press conference to present their vision and recommendations.

Find out more about the panel's recommendations.

Building Quality in Afterschool Programs
In February, Nicole Yohalem was a panelist on a webinar hosted by the Child Care Bureau, DHHS and the Finance Project, as part of the Afterschool Investments Project. Nicole discussed the relationship between outcomes and quality and described characteristics of quality improvement systems. In March, Nicole and Bob Granger, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, presented at a forum, "Making a Difference in Afterschool, Measuring and Improving After School Quality." Following the presentation, they advised members of the statewide Quality Committee.

Forum Staff Give Lectures to Harvard Graduate Students
Program Directors Thaddeus Ferber and Elizabeth Gaines gave lectures at Professor Ronald Ferguson's course "Youth Development and Education Policy" at the Kennedy School of Government. Students in this course represent some of the brightest future leaders who will seek to improve outcomes for children and youth.

Thaddeus presented the history and status of a White House Office on Children and Youth. Elizabeth lectured on Ready by 21, outlined the Forum's role in supporting state and local policy leaders and gave the Ready by 21 National Partnership's broad definition of leaders as a change-makers with capacity, motivation, authority and ability to engage others.

See their presentations.

Sincerely,

Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment.

Publishing Date: 
March 24, 2009