Youth Policy News - October 2015

October edition of Youth Policy News


Youth Policy NEWS
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
Taking Bold Action to Fund What Matters: Communities Raise Revenue to Support Youth Second
Would you invest $200,000 now if your return on investment would be $65 million per year? What if that money was an investment in future generations? More than 20 communities across the country have made that exact decision, taking bold action to pay for what matters: our children's futures. In her latest blog, Elizabeth Gaines challenges advocates to go bold by exploring ways to create dedicated public funding streams for children and youth.
  • For a closer look at a community that established this sort of funding stream, and how they are using it, check out Broward Children's Services Council.
  • To learn more about getting started in your community, view this webinar and consider creating a team to participate in the first National Institute on Creating Local Dedicated Funds for Children and Youth.
If you are interested in bringing a team to the first ever national institute on creating local children's funds on Dec.4, please complete this team interest form (one per team please). We only have room for 10-15 communities so please complete the form before Nov. 4. We plan to confirm each community's participation on a rolling basis as details are received. 
Rhode Island Governor Forms Children's CabinetThird
Rhode Island Governor Raimondo has reinstated the Children Cabinet, a move to improve and better coordinate services in the state for children, youth and their families. This is the first time the Cabinet has convened since 2007. The Rhode Island Children's Cabinet was created by the State General Assembly in 1991 and this year the governor's office worked with legislators to update and amend the statute. The Secretary for Health and Human Services Elizabeth Roberts will serve as the cabinet's chair.
The Cabinet's three objectives are to: create a five year strategic action plan; establish clear policies, goals, outcomes and performances metrics for each department; and measure programs on collaborative initiatives for children and align department resources to create a unified children's budget. Read the press release to learn more.
A Children's Cabinet is a policy coordinating body that is typically made up of the heads of all government agencies with child and youth serving programs. The Children's Cabinet Network is managed by the Forum for Youth Investment, which is providing technical assistance to the R.I. Cabinet as it lays out a strategic plan and children's budget.
GradNation Activation Grants Awarded to 3 States Fourth
GradNation, a campaign by America's Promise Alliance (APA) focused on raising the U.S. graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, collaborated with Pearson for its new three year initiative - GradNation State Activation Initiative. APA and Pearson's joint effort is providing 600,000 dollars in grants to three organizations that are working to increase graduation rates in groundbreaking ways. The initiative is investing in efforts that are: "encouraging statewide innovation and collaboration; sharing that knowledge and replicating what works; and developing successful models all states can replicate."
The three grantees, organizations in Ariz., Mass. and Minn., were selected from over 41 proposals that were submitted. Each grantee will receive 200,000. Read the press release to learn more. 
Policy Leader Profileprofile
Public servants innovating for children and youth

Arlene Lee, executive director/chair 
Coordinating Body: Maryland Children's Cabinet
The purpose of the Children's Cabinet is to ensure high visibility & sustained focus on critical issues related to children, youth & their families through a coordinated approach to policy & resources. The Children's Cabinet members are tasked with holding the big picture vision and focusing on questions that are interagency in nature, while the Deputy Secretaries and Chiefs of Staff are tasked with implementation..
Priority Projects/Initiatives: 
In 2015, Governor Hogan charged the Children's Cabinet with four strategic goals: 
  1. reduce the impact of parental incarceration on children, families & communities;
  2. reduce childhood hunger;
  3. improve outcomes for disconnected youth; and
  4. reduce youth homelessness.

The purpose is to contribute to the Governor's overall goal of economic success by building human capital among Maryland's most vulnerable children, youth, families & communities. The Children's Cabinet tasked an Implementation Team (Deputy Secretaries and Chiefs of Staff of the member agencies) with developing an action plan to coordinate State policies; maximize state resources; look at measurable outcomes; increase local capacity to plan and implement; and target funding for impact.


Words of Wisdom: 

"The Children's Cabinet requires support from the top, you have to have a governor who believes in maximizing resources and achieving results through coordination.The beauty of Maryland's approach is that we have both the state and local component in place. Having Local Management Boards (local coordinating bodies) informs the work of the Children's Cabinet in unanticipated ways and helps connect the big picture state view to local realities. It creates a very different conversation." 
See this profile to learn more about the Maryland Children's Cabinet.


Publishing Date: 
October 23, 2015