Rb21 Partner Newsletter 7/24 News Section

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Ready by 21 Video and Brochure Now Available Online

A ten-minute video providing an overview of the Ready by 21 Approach and Challenge is now accessible on the Ready by 21 Web site at http://www.forumfyi.org/readyby21. The video presentation features Karen Pittman, Merita Irby, Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way of America, and leaders from Richmond, Va., who have taken on the Ready by 21 Challenge. A brochure on Ready by 21 is available at the bottom of the Rb21 site. The brochure outlines the Approach and lists the Partner. These new information tools are ideal for introducing state and local decision-makers to the Ready by 21 Approach and Partnership.

Ready By 21 Technical Partners In Person Meeting

The Technical Partners had their first in person meeting since March on July 16th. This was an exciting meeting which included all of the partners except for Strive and included new partners who have joined since March. All who attended were able to have some substantive time learning about the scope of the tools and services they each bring to the RB21 Partnership. To facilitate that mutual understanding, Weikart Center, Gallup, Search Institute and nFocus all gave an overview of the tools that they have to help leaders generate new data to be able to answer more complex questions. Community Systems Group provided an overview of the RB21 Workstation and their approach to community coalition evaluation that focuses on the contribution large community-wide efforts make on improving outcomes. Other partners have presented their work in previous meeting or will in the future. A more complete inventory will be developed in the Workstation.

The array of tools and services we collectively have is impressive and important to help leaders overcome obstacles and answer more complex questions about their community. It is also important to be able to clearly articulate this support to leaders so they do not feel overwhelmed and can make choices on which of these tools and services to use from our capacity building 'store'. The afternoon was spent discussing the engagement process for new cities and how to seamlessly present this information. As the Technical Partners discussed a specific place, in this case Indianapolis/Indiana, it was clear that most of them were already working independently in some fashion there. This overlap served to emphasize the critical need to be able to align and integrate these tools and services.  It was also clear that in other places such as Chattanooga, where no partners are currently engaged, there is a tremendous opportunity.  There was a general positive feeling coming out of the meeting by participants that the "fit" between them was a strong and good one.

Corporate Voices for Working Families Releases Report on Ill-Prepared Workforce

Corporate Voices for Working Families, a Ready by 21 national partner, along with The American Society for Training and Development, The Conference Board and the Society for Human Resource Management have just released a new report that shows U.S. employers continue to struggle with an ill-prepared workforce, finding new hires lack crucial basic and applied skills. For the most part, employer-sponsored readiness training is not successfully correcting these deficiencies, according to the report, The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce: Exploring the Challenges of Employer-Provided Workforce Readiness Training. To view the report, please visit http://corporatevoices.org/node/247.

Policy Update

Support is being garnered for the RAISE UP Act which is a bill to be sponsored by Senator Debbie Stebanow to support locally developed systems that will identify young people who have dropped out of high school and challenge them to secure a diploma, a post secondary credential, and a family sustaining career. It will do so through a comprehensive approach that provides young people with opportunities in the areas of education, workforce preparation, and wraparound support services. By bringing together local stakeholders, coordinating resources, and filling gaps in services, the RAISE UP Act offers a systemic approach to one of the nation's most troubling problems. To view the one-pager, click here.

Karen Pittman and Gallup Presentation at Aspen Institute

The Ready by 21 Partnership was well represented at the Aspen Ideas Festival, thanks to speaking invitations from the Altria and Atlantic magazine hosts. Shane Lopez and Justin Bibb from Gallup joined Karen to deliver a session on Ideas that Work: Changing the Odds for Our Nation's Youth.   The main message - better, broader data is one of the most powerful tools we have to inspire leaders to set bigger goals, adopt bolder strategies and build broader partnerships.  The Gallup student poll data was presented as the exact type of information about student success that is needed to spark "out of the box" thinking. Review the presentation here.

20th Annual KIDS COUNT Data Book Released Next Week

The Annie E. Casey Foundation will release its 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book -- featuring national and state profiles of children's well-being on July 28, with materials available at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The Data Book is distributed to a wide audience of policymakers, practitioners and journalists and is recognized as a leading source of data on the condition of America's kids. The Casey Foundation calls for a "data revolution" to track the progress and improve the lives of vulnerable kids because having timely and easily understood information is critical to shaping policy and programs that can make a difference. For more information, please visit http://www.journalismcenter.org/resource/child-care-and-early-education/20th-annual-kids-count-data-book.

Publishing Date: 
July 24, 2009
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