We are thrilled to announce we will be going to Seattle for the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting, April 23-25, 2019. We hope you will join us!

 

Federal Policy Alignment

The Forum for Youth Investment advances policy alignment at the Federal level by: supporting the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, advancing the Performance Partnership Pilots, and researching and sharing best practices for federal interagency initiatives supporting state and local collaborations.

Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs

While the federal government doesn't have a Children's Cabinet, it does have an Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 20 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth in four significant ways:

» Create and Support youth.gov

» Create and Support the Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C) website

» Identify and Disseminate Promising and Effective Strategies

» Promote Enhanced Collaboration

Performance Partnership Pilots

The Forum worked with a bipartisan set of federal partners to craft and provide technical assistance to the Performance Partnership Pilots.  The Performance Partnership Pilots - commonly referred to as P3 - allows selected local, tribal and state agencies the opportunity to enter into an agreement with the federal government that will grant broad flexibility in how the site uses discretionary federal funds to implement evidence-informed practices while committing to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth. P3s can request to (1) blend their existing federal discretionary funds across multiple eligible programs and (2) receive flexibility from specific federal program requirements. Learn more at forumfyi.org/P3

Documenting and Promoting Best Practices

The Forum released two papers about best practices for federal interagency initiatives supporting state and local collaborations.

This report shines a light on the critical yet often poorly understood roles frontline federal staff play in helping communities implement place-based initiatives. The first section of this report captures specific competencies respondents identified as crucial for federal staff engaged in place-based work. The second section suggests ways that these competencies can be developed and supported. The third section highlights broader conditions, often beyond the direct control of the frontline place-based workforce, that allow place-based initiatives to flourish.
 
A follow up report after Transforming Government, Transforming Communities, this paper focuses in on the recipe for hosting successful convenings bringing together participants from multiple departments and levels of government.