Youth Policy News - April 2016

April edition of Youth Policy News


Youth Policy NEWS
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
Using What Works to Improve Child Well-Being One
The Forum is partnering with the Annie E. Casey Evidence2Success team in 2016 to host a new webinar series: Using What Works to Improve Child Well-Being.
If you are interested in how science can help you solve tomorrow's problems for youth today then join the first webinar, Preventing Problems before They Start: Introducing the Role of Prevention Science in Proven Programs. Learn how the benefits of prevention science and research science can be applied through tested, effective programs to improve the well-being of children and youth in your community, and how to find programs that address your priorities.

The speakers include: Dirk Butler and Cynthia Weaver, of the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Kevin Haggerty, of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, April 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Register here
White House Hosts "Beating the Odds" Event Second
Last month, the Forum team added our voices to an inspiring line up of young-ish leaders, researchers and practitioners who came together for an invitational White House meeting on "Beating the Odds," which started with the reflections and advice from now-adult graduates from high quality schools and youth agencies who are now themselves working with disadvantaged youth. The event was a part of the First Lady's Reach Higher initiative - which is encouraging young people across the nation to complete their education beyond high school. Learn more about Reach Higher and the Better Make Room campaign. 
States Convene to Discuss Two Generation Approachesthird
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices convened 22 states in Salt Lake City last month to discuss two generation strategies - an approach that supports and addresses the needs of children and their families together. Session topics included: designing shared outcomes, governance, messaging and the Forum's Elizabeth Gaines shared ideas on identifying, integrating and aligning funding streams.
For more information on how policy can support two-generation approaches read the Top Ten for 2Gen: Policy Ideas and Principles to Advance Two Generation efforts from Ascend at the Aspen Institute.
Brookings Centennial Scholar: An Inter-disciplinary and Integrated Approach to Problem SolvingFourth
The Brookings Institution, celebrating its 100th anniversary recently launched the Centennial Scholar Initiative. The initiative, prioritizing impact, is cultivating work that is interdisciplinary and cross-program. Bruce Katz is the inaugural Centennial Scholar and is leading the charge in this type of integrated problem-solving on issues such as global urbanization and the challenges of a city-driven century.
Two recent blogs from this thought leader signal a new direction for policy leaders on all issues but those who focus on children and youth should especially consider. The New Localism: An Obama Legacy? and Investing in Children: Cities and States are Now in Charge reveal an increasing trend towards more locally decided issues, particularly related to funding.
Polling Webinar RecordingFifth
Thought leader, Celinda Lake, recently shared her expertise on polling and messaging with child and youth advocates. Celinda shared how a community can use polling to shape their campaign. If you did not get chance to join the webinar, you can listen and share the webinar recording here. For more information on connecting with Celinda and her team on specifics related to your community's effort to secure dedicated funding please email


Publishing Date: 
April 18, 2016