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Youth Policy News - December 2012

December Edition of Youth Policy News

December 2012 Headlines
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Ready by 21 National Meeting Survey

Will we see you in Atlanta? The second annual Ready by 21 National Meeting is coming up March 11-13, 2013, and we want to know what would make it valuable for you.


The National Meeting will bring together hundreds of leaders like you from all over the country who are dedicated to improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement. This event will give you a chance to network with colleagues and experts from around the nation to reflect on the things we've accomplished and to develop new strategies for moving our work forward.


Would you take a minute to fill out this survey to let us know if you can make it and the topics in which you'd be interested? 

A "Best" City Makes Plans to Get Better

Five times, America's Promise Alliance has named Alexandria, Va., one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People. Tammy Mann - chair of the city's Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission - recently stood before a crowd at City Hall to accept the annual award, and pledged that the city will not rest on this laurel: It will win again, she said, and will do even better by creating "a blueprint for action that will improve outcomes for youth for countless years to come."


That blueprint is a child and youth master plan. "A well-done youth master plan does provide a blueprint for the community - but it does much more," said Elizabeth Gaines, senior policy director at the Forum for Youth Investment. "Leaders use master plans as calls to action, generating excitement and rallying key players - from youth and families to business and philanthropic leaders - around the cause."


Read about why Alexandria joined a growing number of communities that are using such plans to fundamentally improve services and supports for young people.

Kids Count Report on Disconnected Youth

A new Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation confirms what some have suspected for years. Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, disconnected youth are failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century and veering toward a life of chronic unemployment. In the report, the Casey Foundation introduces a number of strategies to help put disconnected youth onto a path to success. 


To deepen this conversation, the Casey Foundation convened a panel of experts from partner organizations in conjunction with the release of its report, Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity. At the Dec. 3 event, Patrick McCarthy, president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, was joined by leaders in youth development, business and philanthropy, including Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment; Stacey Stewart, U.S. president, United Way Worldwide; Mark Edwards, executive director, Opportunity Nation; John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises; and Jamiel Alexander, a young member of National Council of Young Leaders and a YouthBuild graduate. Read more about the panel on SparkAction.

NLC Webinar on School and Community Data Sharing Strategies

Next Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 1p.m., the National League of Cities will host a webinar on "school-community data sharing strategies that get results."


John Rosiak, senior project director with the Education Development Center, will introduce its new information sharing toolkit, using practical examples of partnerships between schools and cities, courts, mental health providers and social services agencies. He'll be joined by Matt Ryerson, United Way of Bradley County's vice president of Community Investment Strategies.


Nashville's Laura Hansen will describe why Metro Nashville Public Schools, in keeping with its youth master plan, is so committed to leveraging its relationships throughout the community to reduce truancy, strengthen after school opportunities, and coordinate care with child protective services.


Full event description and registration is here

For more information about Youth Policy News, contact Danielle Evennou, Policy Manager at the Forum for Youth Investment, danielle@forumfyi.org, 202.207.3712

Publishing Date: 
December 1, 2012