Forum Flash: November 13, 2008

Change is coming. Not just to the White House, but to Ready by 21 communities across the country. Stay tuned for exciting updates on our Ready by 21 rollout plans in the next issue of Forum Flash. Also check out our 3 latest publications, a Michigan Dropout Summit and more!

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The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash
November 13, 2008

In This Issue
Elements of Success
Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action
OSTPC: "Speaking in One Voice"
Strategies to Improve Workforce Readiness
Ready by 21 Brings Michigan Stakeholders on Board

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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

Change is coming. Not just to the White House, but to Ready by 21 communities across the country. Stay tuned for exciting updates on our Ready by 21 rollout plans in the next issue of Forum Flash.

Even while we plan the rollout of Ready by 21, our work with Children's Cabinets, out-of-school time and youth engagement continues full force. Learn more about the latest Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary about the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems; the results of a study of youth engagement and partnership; and our first paper in the Children's Cabinets & Councils Elements of Success Series -- this one on structural options.

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Children's Cabinets & Councils Elements of Success Series

The Forum, in an effort to connect and educate children's cabinets and councils, has compiled the experience and stories of these cabinets and councils across the country. These Elements of Success briefs give recommendations on how to establish and run an effective state coordinating council.

The first in the series, Elements of Success 1: Structural Options, outlines the range of current structures and offers tips and warnings for getting the most effective structure in place.

Read the brief.

Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action
Youth-Adult Partnerships Cover
The Forum partnered with the University of Wisconsin's Center for Nonprofits to publish Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes. This study focuses on how organizations translate principles of youth engagement into practice and build a culture of partnership, as well as the outcomes that can result when they do.

The research focuses on two organizations, Austin Voices for Education and Youth and Oasis Community IMPACT in Nashville, TN, but the lessons can help any organization committed to meaningful youth engagement advance their efforts in concrete ways.

Read this study and find out how youth and adults can work together.

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary: "Speaking in One Voice"

OSTPC Cover This commentary highlights the work of the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS), a partnership of city and county-wide nonprofit OST intermediaries.

By agreeing to adopt and publicly report against a common set of outcomes for the youth-, program- and system-level, CBASS hopes to spark more efforts to use common measures to assess program productivity and success, hold providers accountable to quality, demonstrate after-school's contribution to the successful development of children and youth and contribute to system-building and sustainability.

Read the latest issue of the OSTPC.

Strategies to Improve Workforce Readiness
CVWF Logo Corporate Voices for Working Families (CVWF), a Ready by 21 National Partner, just released "Strengthening America's Economic Competitiveness: Public Policy Strategies to Improve Workforce Readiness". This paper outlines four types of policy recommendations: increase and broaden learning opportunities, create alternative pathways to work, value higher education and lifelong learning and improve the coordination of programs for disconnected youth. By implementing these policies, leaders can ensure all young people are ready to enter the workforce

Download a pdf and read this report.

Ready by 21 Brings All Michigan Stakeholders on Board
Dropout Summit LogoThis fall, the Forum partnered with Michigan's Children and the Michigan Shared Youth Vision Partnership as they planned and convened the Michigan Dropout Prevention Leadership Summit, held on October 20 in Lansing, Michigan. Karen Pittman gave a Ready by 21 presentation, moderated the Summit's youth panel and responded to a roundtable of the directors of key state agencies.

Speaking of the value of the Ready by 21 framework, Michele Corey, Director of Community Advocacy, said, "...We would not have gotten the workforce development, juvenile justice and early childhood systems on board without setting it within this broader framework. The Ready by 21 frame made it clearly obvious how each of the entities plug in and how all stakeholders and all settings could be part of the solution."

See Karen's presentation and a tool used at the summit.

Sincerely,

Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment

 

Publishing Date: 
November 13, 2008