The Forum for Youth Investment has always sought to bring together a wealth of supports and services for the child and youth field. We achieve this by building our capacity. We actively lead and manage organizations and partnerships that can encourage advocacy, improve youth outcomes, measure and improve the quality of learning experiences and offer better communication avenues.
- Provide leaders with a set of innovative strategies developed by the Forum and delivered by a range of partners that helps communities make a measurable difference in young people’s lives.
- Give individuals and organizations stories, information and tools to learn about a range of issues and to take action to improve policies and programs that affect children and youth, and, ultimately, the fabric of our nation as a whole.
- Improve the quality of young people's learning experiences and increase returns on current investments.
Ready by 21 is a set of standards and solutions to help state and local leaders create stronger partnerships that can improve the quantity, quality and consistency of supports, opportunities and services available to all children and youth along the “insulated education pipeline” – the full complement of settings where learning and development happens. A growing number of communities are using these strategies to make a difference.
SparkAction is a one-stop site for stories, news and interactive advocacy tools. The website covers the range of child and youth issues and gives organizations, leaders and young people themselves a place to share their knowledge and ideas, and together raise a stronger voice for change. Whether you're looking for the latest research on early childhood or college access, first-hand stories from foster care, a way to tell your Representatives what you think about school reform and anything in between, SparkAction.org can help.
The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (CYPQ) is a division of the Forum. The Weikart Center's mission is to position point of service quality as a powerful public idea that drives research, policy, practice and public opinion on what it takes the improve young people's learning experiences and increase returns on current investments in programs for youth.