We are thrilled to announce we will be going to Seattle for the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting, April 23-25, 2019. We hope you will join us!


Linked Learning Convention 2015

Here are suggested materials and resources from the January 13, 2015 Panel Discussion on “Making Sense of Organizations and Resources”


The good news is that many national and state-wide organizations are all working toward the same goal - to ensure students are prepared to be successful with 21st century skills for college, career and life. These organizations have each developed tools and resources that provide value in your work of implementing Linked Learning. The difficulty is sorting out which tools work best within your implementation plan. We are bringing together some of the top organizations to talk about their methods and tools and how you can access them. They will also share how they work together.

College and Career Readiness

In this article for AASA’s School Administrator Magazine, Forum Co-Founder and CEO Karen Pittman poses the critical question of whether graduating from high school equates to being ready for the next stage?

Common Goals, Unique Strengths: Education and Business Partnerships

Educators and business leaders must create meaningful, successful and long lasting partnerships to ensure that all youth are ready for college, work and life.

Collaboration between business and education can ensure that students graduate high school equipped with the skills necessary to thrive in the workplace, post-secondary education and life. In this publication, the American Association of School Administrators and Corporate Voices for Working Families highlight the benefit of these partnerships, tips for engaging educators and business leaders, and a case study illustrating these partnerships in action.

Corralling Collaborations

"What would it look like if we realigned?"

Leaders of initiatives designed to improve lives through community change are pondering this question now more than ever. The challenges are significant but we can learn from experience.

The Forum for Youth Investment got into the collaboration alignment business more than a decade ago, and CEO Karen Pittman draws on that experience in this blog post for the Collective Impact Forum, where she shares five requirements for aligning community initiatives. See why she believes that "cross-sector, cross-system, cross-issue collaboration is critical to achieving the kind of community change that collective impact efforts aim for."

Collective Impact for Policymakers: Working Together for Children and Youth

Government policies must change in order to help partnerships improve the lives of young people through the power of collective impact.

That’s the message of a new report that examines how federal, state and local policies impede collaboration in the child and youth field – and how they can enhance collaboration instead.

“Government policies are far more likely to inhibit, rather than enhance, a partnership’s ability to advance the types of comprehensive solutions that children and youth need,” says the report, Collective Impact for Policymakers: Working Together for Children and Youth, released this week by the Forum for Youth Investment.

For more information about these topics or about the Forum for Youth Investment please contact Ian Faigley, Senior Manager of External Affairs, at 202-207-3334 or ian@forumfyi.org

Publishing Date: 
January 12, 2015