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Forum Flash: September 22, 2008

Ready by 21 Webinar Series, Non-Profit of the Year Award and more!


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The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash
September 22, 2008

In This Issue
Ready by 21 Webinar Series
Non-Profit Partner of the Year
What Works for Youth Workers?
Conferences and Convenings

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Karen's Columns

Youth Policy Action Center

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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

Vacations are ending and schools have begun again. Refreshed and ready, the Forum is running full steam ahead. Scroll down to learn about the new Ready by 21® Webinar Series, the Non-Profit Partner of the Year Award, a report from Next Gen on how to improve youth worker workforce development strategies and more!

Ready by 21 LogoReady by 21 2008-09 Webinar Series Announced
  • "What is Ready by 21?"
  • "How can we get more stakeholders involved?"
  • "How do we plan more effectively?"

Learn answers to these questions and more from the 2008-09 Ready by 21 Webinar Series. These audio conferences/webinars will be offered regularly and cover three main topic areas: Engaging Stakeholders, Big Picture Data and Planning Tools and the Blueprint for Action. Learn more about our webinar offerings and get the schedule.

Non-Profit Partner of the Year Award

Karen Pittman and Donna KleinOn September 9, Corporate Voices for Working Families (CVWF) awarded the Forum for Youth Investment its prestigious Non-Profit of the Year Award, recognizing the Forum's commitment to partnering with corporate partners and its excellence in ensuring that all children are "Ready by 21." The award was presented during CVWF's 7th Annual Partnership Meeting, themed "Mapping New Avenues for 21st Century Working Families."

Corporate Voices for Working Families is one of the Forum's national partners on the Ready by 21 Challenge. CVWF is the leading national business membership organization representing the private sector on public policy issues involving working families.

What Works for Youth Workers?
"Lessons Learned" Shares the Strategies

Next Gen Coalition LogoIn 2007, the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition, one of the several field-strengthening entities managed by the Forum, launched the Clear Policies for Career Pathways project, which aimed to identify and improve current efforts to establish comprehensive workforce development systems for youth workers. "Lessons Learned" describes practical, system-building strategies underway across sites in this learning community. These states and communities are pushing beyond the traditional discussion and taking it to the next level by addressing compensation, retention and education in the field of youth work. Read "Lessons Learned".

Conferences & Convenings

Creating Lasting Solutions for Success in Louisville
The Forum convened a group of key stakeholders in Louisville, KY at the Neighborhood House to assist these community and state leaders with aligning their youth efforts into a big picture framework. The dialogue focused on one key question - how does a community bring greater precision to its passion to provide all children and youth a chance to succeed? Learn Louisville's answers in the full story.

America's Promise Action Forum

On September 9, Karen Pittman, Merita Irby, Nicole Yohalem, Nalini Ravindranath and Blake Dohrn attended the America's Promise Alliance Featured Communities Action Forum. The convening included more than 250 leaders representing Alliance partners from 12 featured communities. The Forum team met with Read by 21 Coalition leaders from 3 of the communities (Indianapolis, Nashville and Louisville) to aid them in working on their local Dropout Summit follow-up plans and Quality Counts initiatives.


Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment

Publishing Date: 
September 22, 2008