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Forum Flash: September 17, 2010

In this month's issue of Forum Flash, take advantage of several Ready by 21 trainings, including two free webinars and a two-day institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Also, see an inspiring video from a Ready by 21 community, Georgetown Divide in California, on their efforts and progress in empowering staff, improving practice and creating real change for youth. On the federal front, the Ready by 21 Policy Coalition was invited to issue comments on the Secretary of Education's priorities for discretionary grant programs. Read about these and more.

The Forum for Youth Investment Forum Flash
September 17, 2010

In This Issue
VIDEO: Empowering Staff, Improving Quality
Ready by 21: Results-Based Planning for Communities Webinar
Ready by 21 Institute
Ready by 21 Dashboards Webinar
In the Field

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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

The Forum's mission is to support leaders in becoming more effective and better informed. Sometimes, that means providing training opportunities, other times it means inspiring communities through the stories of others who know the challenges and have found solutions.

This month, we have two Ready by 21 webinars on planning tools and approaches and the opportunity to attend a Ready by 21 Institute. Be inspired by a video from a Ready by 21 community, Georgetown Divide in California, on their efforts and progress in improving program quality. Finally, find out how Ready by 21 principles could affect federal funding in recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Education.

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Empowering Staff, Improving Quality
Georgetown Divide Video ScreenshotThis inspiring 12-minute video documents how Georgetown Divide, a small community in the Sierra foothills of Northern California, has embraced a positive youth development approach and has anchored that commitment through widespread use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment. Georgetown Divide was one of 12 sites that engaged in quality improvement system-building work as part of the Forum's Ready by 21 Quality Counts initiative.

Ready by 21: Results-Based Planning for Communities Webinar
Featuring Karen Pittman, Forum for Youth Investment
and Karen Finn, Results
Leadership Group

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

This interactive session will provide an overview of the
Results-Based Accountabilityâ„¢ (RBA) approach to measuring and improving the
performance of organizations and community quality of life in a way that aligns
with the Ready by 21 approach. RBA is based on a "change-agent" model
that helps communities align the efforts of various programs, service
systems and strategies to more effectively impact results for children,
families and communities.

Cost: Free

Register for this free event.

Ready by 21 Institute
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Thursday, October 28, 2010
Atlanta, Georgia

Ready by 21 LogoThe Forum will offer a
Ready by 21 Institute hosted by the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
in Atlanta, GA. This two day training will expand
participants' understanding of the rationale and thinking behind Ready by 21 and the big picture approach. Trainers will also increase participants'

knowledge base of the research behind Ready by 21 and the practical and
conceptual tools that help convey it.

Attendance is limited! Register now!

Upcoming Ready by 21 Webinar: Dashboards
Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 3:00 PM ET

Ready by 21 LogoAll communities need a way to consider their broad goals for children and youth, as well as the specific areas of focus or need. Dashboards are a handy, user-friendly tool that can assist leaders with this difficult task. Learn more about specific examples and ways to apply this tool to your work to improve the outcomes for children and youth at this free webinar.

Register Now!

Our Most Recent Webinars and Institutes

Ready by 21 Webinar: Program Landscape Mapping, August 26

Program landscape mapping helps communities and states examine their current assets, create connections, improve efficiency in the use of limited resources and helps community members know what is available to them. This webinar explored the framework for creating a program landscape map and provided suggestions on how to move forward with a survey in your community.

Download the materials here.

In the Field

Ready by 21 Policy Coalition Members Provide Input to Secretary of Education
Ready by 21 Policy Coalition LogoCorporate Voices for Working Families, the Forum and the National Collaboration for Youth responded to an invitation from the Secretary of Education to provide input into the Secretary's Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs. Once finalized, one or more of the included priorities maybe used in any Request for Proposal released by any office in the Department of Education.

Learn more about the Coalition and read the recommendations submitted to the Secretary.

Three Southeast Communities to Improve Quality in Youth Programming
The Ready by 21 National Partnership is proud to announce the winners of the Ready by 21 Quality Improvement & Asset Building Challenge Grants (Q&A Challenge). Wicomico County, MD; Asheville, NC; and Ft. Myers, FL showed a broad cross-sector commitment to building assets for children and youth. The Q&A Challenge is a research-based technical assistance model designed to help communities systematically assess developmental assets in a population of children and youth and then improve the quality of the out-of-school time setting where these children and youth spend time.

Learn more about the challenge and these communities.

Coming Soon! Watch for the first installment in our new issue brief series, "Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26," to be released later this month. The series will document promising practices, partnerships and policies aimed at increasing post-secondary completion and ensuring successful transitions for all youth.

There's even more going on at the Forum than we can feature here, be sure to check our website for the latest news.


Karen Pittman and Laura Mattis
The Forum for Youth Investment

Publishing Date: 
September 17, 2010