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Forum Flash: October 7, 2009

In this edition of Forum Flash, get the details on the Search Institute's Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth 2009 Conference and why the Ready by 21 National Partnership is a lead sponsor. Also, read Karen's latest Youth Today column on the battle for resources between pre-schoolers and teens, find the latest Ready by 21 Webinar Schedule and register for our latest webinar, Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge.

The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash
October 7, 2009

In This Issue
Karen's Latest Youth Today Column
Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge Webinar
Ready by 21 2009-2010 Webinar Series Schedule
Ready by 21 National Partnership Sponsors Search Institute 2009 Conference
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Dear Thaddeus,

In a month, the Forum and the Ready by 21® National Partnership will be at the Search Institute's 2009 Conference, which includes over 100 learning sessions, youth activities, exhibits and keynote presentations from experts in positive youth development. Members of the National Partnership, a Signature Sponsor of the conference, will be there in person conducting workshops and more. If you haven't yet, reserve your seat now - we hope to see you there!

Also in this edition of Forum Flash, read Karen's latest Youth Today column, find the latest webinar and schedule for the Ready by 21® Webinar Series and learn about an opportunity to hear from youth on Capitol Hill!

Karen Pittman's Youth Today ColumnKarens Youth Today
One More Time: Don't Pit Preschoolers Against Teens

"Clearly there is a value in investing in preparation and prevention versus waiting to intervene further down the road. And there is an undeniable value in investing early," says Karen in her latest Youth Today column. "But there is something wrongheaded and dangerous about equating prevention with early childhood and intervention with teens. We need to make sustained investments in the 'cognitive, social and emotional' development of all children."

Read Karen's full column.

Upcoming Ready by 21 Webinar:
Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge

Wednesday, October 14 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

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 and 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.

Register Here.

Reaady by 21 2009-2010 Webinar SeriesReady by 21 2009-2010 Webinar Series Schedule Released!

This webinar series will introduce participants to the core and advanced components of Ready by 21. This challenge calls on states and communities to change the odds for youth by changing the way they do business. This requires broadening definitions of what it means for youth to be ready, for schools and communities to be supportive and for all leaders to be engaged. This innovative series will include sessions introducing the core concepts of Ready by 21, which will be repeated.

Get the schedule here.

Ready by 21 National Partnership Sponsors National Youth Development Conference

Search Conference AdOver 1,500 youth and community development advocates will gather in Cincinnati, Ohio from November 5-7 for the 13th Annual Search Institute® Healthy Communities Healthy Youth® Conference.
The Ready by 21 National Partnership is proud to be a Signature Sponsor for this conference. Attendees will include educators, leaders of youth-serving organizations and over 400 youth. As a content contributor to the conference, the National Partnership has developed five 90-minute workshops featuring National Partners as presenters.

Learn more about the conference.

In the Field

SAVE THE DATE: Engaging Youth in Policymaking: Lessons from State & Local Youth Councils Briefing
America's Youth Councils Network presents "Engaging Youth in Policymaking: Lessons from State & Local Youth Councils," Monday, October 26, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Senate Hart Building, Room 902. Across the country, youth are getting a say in the policymaking process through Youth Councils: officially sanctioned groups of young people with a diverse range of life experiences who directly advise policymakers on policies and programs that impact youth. At this Capitol Hill briefing, members of America's Youth Council Network discuss lessons learned and present opportunities for the Federal Government to gain access to authentic youth voice to inform their policy decisions that impact young people.

Get more info and RSVP here.

Forum Assembles State Teams for the Fifth Youth Policy Institute

On Sept 25 & 26, state teams of key legislative and executive decision makers from North Caroline, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee participated in the 5th Annual Youth Policy Institute. Co-organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Forum, the event engaged the National Partners as presenters and facilitators. Each of the teams worked with their facilitator to develop a detailed action plan for young people in their state with the help of Ready by 21 tools and knowledge of the capacities of the Ready by 21 technical partners.


Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment

Publishing Date: 
October 7, 2009