Youth Policy News- November 2016

November 2016 edition of the Youth Policy News




November 2016
Youth Policy NEWS
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
Around the Country, Children's Funding Initiatives Win Bigkidswinbig
In a post-election blog on children's funding, Elizabeth Gaines spotlights the success of local ballot initiatives to establish dedicated children's funding streams.
Twelve out of 15 ballot questions were approved by voters in places as diverse as Baltimore, Maryland, Muskingum County, Ohio, and Boulder, Colorado, using set-asides, new taxes, renewals of existing taxes or soda taxes. These examples prove that funding children's services is a winnable effort. The full blog can be found on the Forum for Youth Investment's Ready by 21 website.
Webinar Recording on Local Children's Cabinets Availablecabinetwebinar
The Forum's November 10th webinar on Children's Cabinets raised the question of whether a children's cabinet was right for the cities and counties represented on the call. Across the nation, county and municipal leaders are aligning multiple agencies to develop better policies, procedures and programmatic efforts to support the success of children, youth and their families. The coordinating bodies that emerge from these efforts are sometimes called Children's Cabinets.
The webinar was co-hosted by the Forum, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties in response to a growing interest in developing a Children's Cabinet. A recording of the webinar can be found here.
J-PAL North America Accepting 2nd Round Applications for Evidence-Based Policy MakingJPAL
J-PAL North America announced its second round competition for technical support to states and localities to improve evidence-based policy making. The J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative supports state and local leaders in using randomized evaluations to answer their priority policy questions.
Governments selected to participate will receive flexible funding up to $100,000 and technical support to conduct evaluations. The deadline to submit Letters of Interest is February 17, 2017. J-PAL North America will host a webinar on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1pm EST to share more information about the initiative and how to apply. More information can be found here.   
President Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Council on Community Solutionsexecorder
In November, President Obama signed an Executive Order Establishing a Council on Community Solutions that, harnessing best practices learned over the past eight years, creates a lasting structure for Federal agencies to continue improving coordination across government and strengthening partnerships with communities, the private sector and other stakeholders.
This new Council is designed to equip incoming Federal leadership with an important tool for working across agencies and sectors as they undertake new policies and initiatives. The Council's focus includes developing and implementing policy that puts the priorities of cities and towns first and spreading successful solutions based on best practices and community engagement. The new Executive Order can be read here
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Publishing Date: 
November 17, 2016