Youth Policy News - September 2014

September edition of Youth Policy News 

September 2014 Headlines 
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Collective Impact for Policymakers:Working Together for Children & Youth

Government policies must change in order to help partnerships improve the lives of young people through the power of collective impact. 


That's the message of a new report and a journal article that examine how federal, state and local policies impede collaboration in the child and youth field - and how they can enhance collaboration instead.


"Government policies are far more likely to inhibit, rather than enhance, a partnership's ability to advance the types of comprehensive solutions that children and youth need," says the report, Collective Impact for Policymakers: Working Together for Children and Youth, released last week by the Forum for Youth Investment.


The report's release coincides with the publication of "Making Public Policy Collective Impact Friendly" - one of nine articles selected for a special supplement on collective impact in the latest Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).


The report and article examine why public policies inhibit collaboration among partnerships (even though policymakers favor such collaboration), offer examples of policies that enhance collective impact, and provide recommendations on how policies can be crafted to advance collective impact efforts.


To explore this issue further, join a free webinar about how public policies impede collective impact - and how they can enhance it instead. The Forum's vice presidents for policy, Thaddeus Ferber and Elizabeth Gaines, will provide analysis and examples, answer your questions and point you toward opportunities for action. Oct. 22, 3 p.m. ET. Click

here to find out more and register.  




NGA to Support 14 States in Aligning Education and Workforce Efforts 

A select group of states is getting special support to align their education and training systems to better prepare students and workers for the demands of 21st century jobs.


The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that 14 states would receive grants, technical assistance and opportunities to learn from other members of the group. The selected states hope to:

  • Articulate and implement a strong vision that better connects education and training with the needs of the economy;
  • Integrate and use education and workforce data to inform policy, track progress and measure success;
  • Build industry and education partnerships; and
  • Use resources and incentives to work toward an integrated vision.

 Congratulations to the selected states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.  Many of the states have children's cabinets or similar coordinating bodies that focus on cross system collaboration. To learn more about NGA's Education Division, which is leading this effort, visit


Mayor Launches Children, Youth and Families Cabinet 

Santa Fe, N.M. recently joined the growing legion of cities creating cabinets and policy coordinating bodies aimed improving services for children, youth and families. Mayor Javier Gonzales, who took office in March, made education and collaboration key platforms in his campaign. He has indicated that the cabinet will focus on alignment of financial resources and setting priorities for grant allocation. 


The goal is "to align all the funders and organizations that play a role in enhancing the lives of every child and individual in our community from ages zero to 24," said Gonzales. The initiative aims to expand early childhood development, improve educational quality and ensure all youth are well-prepared to succeed in the workforce.  More detailed news articles are available here and here.



How Americans See Educational Opportunities: Race Matters

As students across the country go back to school, minorities will, for the first time ,outnumber white students in the classroom. But according to a recent study, that demographic shift hasn't necessarily translated into a new balance of opportunity.


Data collected by the U.S. Department of Education revealed harsh racial divides in terms of opportunity and access. Additionally, the Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City poll, many Americans (especially African-Americans) readily perceive those disparities, while Hispanics report much greater satisfaction with their educational opportunities.



Publishing Date: 
September 17, 2014