READY BY 21® Video: National Launch Press Conference

Below are featured clips from the press conference announcing the national launch of the Ready by 21 Challenge, aimed at helping state and local leaders change the odds for youth by changing the way they do business.

Also check out video clips from the panel discussion including all six partners that followed the press conference.


Karen Pittman, the Co-Founder and Exective Director of the Forum for Youth Investment introduces the challenge of aligning the American Dream that all youth be ready by 21 with the American Reality that too few youth are ready for college, work and life.

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Karen Pittman, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Forum for Youth Investment explains what the goal and purpose of the Ready by 21 Challenge in helping all kinds of leaders change the way they do business to come together and change the odds for youth.

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Richard Gephardt, Former Congressman and Ready by 21 Co-Chair, explains why he's excited about the Ready by 21 Challenge and what it offers leaders.

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Tom Ridge, Former Governor and Ready by 21 Challenge Co-Chair, discusses "driving it home" and encourages using Ready by 21 to reform local communities and leaders. This reform will ensure our future by empowering children and youth.

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Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way of America explains why United Way of America needs frameworks and strategies of the Ready by 21 Challenge to make an impact on change in communities.

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Eric Polk, the first Ready by 21 Change Maker Award Recipient, talks about his work in Nashville and the importance of youth taking charge to create change in their communities.

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Publishing Date: 
April 28, 2008