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Forum Flash: September 2011

Flexible Federal Funds, More Youth Data, Quality Assessment Pays Off

The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash


Forum Flash is part of the Forum for Youth Investment's e-newsletter series. Forum Flash informs you about what's going on at the Forum for Youth Investment, and about resources, opportunities, careers and recent events.

Federal Funds Bending toward More Flexibility

The prospects are looking good for states and localities that want more flexibility in using federal dollars for coordinated efforts to boost child and youth outcomes.


Last month the Forum hosted a meeting with officials from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to discuss barriers to collaborative work for disconnected youth and explore possible solutions as detailed in Recommendations for Administrative Flexibility: Supporting Interagency Efforts to Reconnect Disconnected Youth. The meeting stemmed from the Forum's Policy Alignment Series and Children's Cabinet Network, as well as President Obama's Memorandum on Administrative Flexibility.


As a result of the meeting, work is underway to explore ways to implement selected recommendations. This brief explains the background about the issue and the most recent developments


Enhanced Youth Data will Focus Community Efforts

Ready by 21 leaders in Northern Kentucky are benefiting from new data about their young people that is literally one-of-a-kind.


Last year, the Ready by 21 National Partnership chose Northern Kentucky as the pilot site for the enhanced Gallup Student Poll, which enables communities to look specifically at the hope, engagement and well-being of youth. This week the Northern Kentucky Education Council released the results of the poll and discussed how it will help guide youth services and supports. "These results will help us ensure that our youth are prepared and ready for the future," education council chair Marianne Schmidt-Hurtt told the local news media, which covered the findings. 


Gallup and the Forum developed the enhanced features for the poll through the National Partnership (which includes Gallup.) Those features were designed to promote the use of data as community data rather than just school data. That means community leaders can administer the poll in community-based organizations as well as in schools, can track individual student progress and can analyze the data by neighborhood.


The release coincided with the education council's Fall Council Meeting, where Forum CEO Karen Pittman delivered the keynote address.

How Quality Assessment Makes a Difference

Every wonder how a thorough quality improvement process in out-of-school time programming works and what it would achieve? The California Afterschool Network explains that and more in this 14-minute video that tells the experience of two very different California networks that adopted the Youth Program Quality Intervention: in Oakland and Black Oak Mine. This video, the narrator explains, "will show you one way afterschool programs can take a good, realistic look at their programming, figure out what they're doing well and what they need to do better."


The Youth Program Quality Intervention is a validated process that gives out-of-school time programs feedback about instructional quality and workforce development needs. The process was created and is administered by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a division of the Forum. Read more about how the process works.

The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them.

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Publishing Date: 
September 23, 2011