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Engaging Key Stakeholders: Chattanooga Connections Webinar--Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 3 PM ET

Featured Speakers: Linda McReynolds, United Way of Greater Chattanooga and Lesley Scearce, On Point, Chattanooga, Tenn.

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February 28, 2012

Introduction to the Ready by 21 Strategies Webinar January 31, 2012, 3 PM ET

Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment that helps communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 provides clear standards to achieve collective impact, tools and solutions to help leaders make progress, and ways to measure and track success along the way.

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January 31, 2012

Improving Systems and Settings: Quality Improvement in Asheville Webinar, December 13, 2011, 3 PM ET

Healthy behavior, staying in school, problem-solving skills - these are among the outcomes we all want to see in our young people. It is always encouraging to be able to point to a new mentoring initiative, a great afterschool program or a really innovative school, but to achieve community- and state-wide impact, you need to do something bigger.

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November 21, 2011

A New Way to Fund Social Programs?

Could Social Impact Bonds - where private investors fund social programs up front and get returns based on their success - change how we fund youth and family services in the United States? The White House recently partnered with the Nonprofit Finance Fund to discuss the possibilities.

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November 17, 2011

Youth Programs Can be Creative and Accountable

Program leaders often face a tension between instilling accountability strategies to encourage rigorous practice, while also fostering an atmosphere where creativity and risk-taking thrive.

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November 17, 2011

Seeking Clarity on Expanded Learning

Anyone who collaborates with schools on out-of-school time programs should watch what happens in Washington with Waiver 11.

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November 17, 2011

What Do You Want to Take Stock Of?: Exploring the Gallup Student Poll Webinar, Rescheduled for January 17, 2012, 3 PM ET

To make good decisions, leaders need complete data from all the settings and systems where young people spend their time. They need information about youths’ physical and mental health, afterschool activities, employment and family structure, and more. Better data helps leaders use their resources more efficiently and effectively.

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November 11, 2011

Letter Urges Guidance on Waiver 11

Washington is abuzz with the Senate HELP Committee's new education bill, but passage remains uncertain. In the meantime, organizations keep their focus on waivers to the current No Child Left Behind law.

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November 3, 2011

Presenting Ready by 21

Those interested in Ready by 21 basics or leaders who want to explain Ready by 21 in their communities will learn a lot from the latest presentation by Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment.

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October 21, 2011

The Next Step to Achieve Collective Impact

"I knew something was up last winter when I received more than 20 e-mails in a span of 48 hours asking if I had read this new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review."

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October 21, 2011

Broader Partnerships 101 Webinar, October 25, 2011, 3 PM ET

Partnerships and collaborations can take many forms. Whatever the scale of the partnership, effective partnerships are built on clear agreements about the scope of work to be done, the capacity needed to do the work and the mandate or authority in place to ensure that the work is done thoroughly and well.

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October 11, 2011

How Quality Assessment Makes a Difference

Every wonder how a thorough quality improvement process in out-of-school time programming works and what it would achieve?

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October 6, 2011

Federal Funds Bending toward More Flexibility

Last month the Forum hosted a meeting with officials from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to discuss barriers to collaborative work for disconnected youth and explore possible solutions as detailed in Recommendations for Administrative Flexibility: Supporting Interagency Efforts to Reconnect Disconnected Youth.

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October 6, 2011

Enhanced Youth Data will Focus Community Efforts

Ready by 21 leaders in Northern Kentucky are benefiting from new data about their young people that is literally one-of-a-kind. Last year, the Ready by 21 National Partnership chose Northern Kentucky as the pilot site for the enhanced Gallup Student Poll, which enables communities to look specifically at the hope, engagement and well-being of youth.

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October 6, 2011

Implementing Bolder Strategies 101 Webinar, August 30, 2011, 3 PM ET

At the end of the day, broader partnerships, bigger goals, and better data and decision making are only useful if they significantly increase the likelihood that timely, well-vetted, evidence-based strategies will be implemented and nurtured toward success. Many communities are dealing with an overabundance of strategies, and struggle to implement strategies in an aligned and effective way.

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August 31, 2011