Youth Policy News - May 2016

May edition of Youth Policy News 


Youth Policy NEWS
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
New State Policy Report on Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies ReleasedNew
The Forum for Youth Investment is pleased to release the 2015 Ready by 21 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S. Conducted previously in 2011 and 2013, this comprehensive survey identifies state child and youth coordinating bodies and summarizes findings on the breadth of their partnerships and goals, how well they use data, and their effectiveness in using innovative strategies to support children and youth. The report can be downloaded here
Identifying Community Priorities for Child Well-Being: Utilizing Surveys to Focus Community EffortsOne
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. The next webinar in this series, Identifying Community Priorities for Child Well-Being, will explore how communities can gather data on risk and protective factors and choose priority outcomes.
With all the milestones kids need to achieve to be successful, how can a community come together to focus on critical needs? The webinar, Identifying Community Priorities for Child Well-Being: Utilizing Surveys to Focus Community Efforts  will explore how tools from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Evidence2Success framework provide comprehensive data and an intentional process for communities to establish priorities for improving child well-being.
The speakers include: Ilene Berman of the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Kevin Haggerty of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington; Jeremiah Newell of the Mobile Area Education Foundation; and  Rebecca Boxx of the Providence's Children & Youth Cabinet, Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Register here
Current Open Applications Periods for Federal Grant ProgramsTwo
The federal government has several open applications for grant programs to support a range of comprehensive social policy interventions. Current open application periods listed below:
Performance Partnership Pilots: Due June 27
Commonly referred to as P3, these pilots allow selected agencies broad flexibility to use discretionary federal funds to implement evidence-informed practices while committing to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth. For information on how to apply, visit the Forum's Online P3 Hub.
Choice Neighborhoods: Due June 28
CN is a program housed in HUD that enables communities to revitalize struggling neighborhoods. Through these grants, distressed housing is replaced with vibrant mixed-income communities. The grants, guided by a broad community-informed plan, facilitate communities' capacity to leverage investments to develop new retail and businesses, turn around failing schools, strengthen early education, prevent crime, improve transportation, ensure basic neighborhood assets and increase access to jobs. Funding information can be found here.
Byrne Criminal Justice: Due June 30
BCJI, launched in 2012, is a program based out of the Department of Justice that aims to reduce crime and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization goals through site-based grants. Competitive grants are provided to a fiscal agent that works with partners to employ data-driven, cross-sector approaches within target neighborhoods that have hot spots of violent and serious crime. For more about the BCJI program, see the program description page. For information on how to apply for funding, see the funding notices page
The By All Means Project Seeks to Restore Opportunity through Redesigning EducationThree
The Education Redesign Lab at Harvard has launched a bold initiative to address the iron-clad correlation between a child's socio-economic status and his or her prospects for educational achievement. Two strategies undergird this effort: deep field work in partnership with six cities (Oakland, CA; Louisville, KY; Providence, RI; Somerville, MA; Salem, MA; and Newton, MA) to implement real reforms and a series of national convenings designed to re-envision the future of public education. Participating cities will launch an ambitious plan for change that will include:
  • Creating personalized and differentiated learning experiences for students;
  • Integrating social, emotional and health services with education services;
  • Providing easily accessible, high quality out-of-school learning experiences for all children; 
  • Enacting governance structures, like Children's Cabinets, which will support this integrated model of services for children.
The Forum's Elizabeth Gaines, provided guidance on Children's Cabinets best practices to the city teams at the first of five convenings that Harvard will host over the next 2 years. More about the By All Means project can be found here.
Brookings Proposes Increasing the Flexibility of Federal Funding StreamsFour
Scholars at the Brookings Institution are taking a closer look at the challenges and limitations of current federal funding streams, particularly when applied to improving outcomes for opportunity youth. In a recent blog post, these scholars characterize the full landscape of federal programs as dizzying in its complexity, slow to adapt to change, and incompatible with long-term planning. For cities, cobbling together these disparate funding streams into an effective, locally tailored strategy is daunting-and costly.
An alternative strategy, Brookings scholars propose, would be to radically increase the funding flexibility granted to cities with sound plans to coordinate services. Proposing a model similar to the United Kingdom's "City Deals" process, where cities "apply" to Britain's central government with proposals for how they would use federal resources if given full discretion, Brookings envisions a "Youth Budgets" process that could spark creative, local approaches to problem-solving and improve outcomes. If granted, the disparate funding streams going into one city could be bundled into one grant, and the city would be obligated to carry out its plans as proposed during negotiations. By granting flexibility on the basis of competition, the authors suggest, highly capable cities could serve as models for the rest. The full blog post can be viewed here


Publishing Date: 
May 31, 2016