Latest News and Events

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

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

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

Showing the Pipeline to Educators

A conference in Virginia last month offered one way to make sure college and career readiness is a priority for public schools – and to show educators how Ready by 21 helps them meet that priority.

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August 24, 2011

Getting all the Players in the Same Room

Anyone who tries to get leaders from different sectors to work together better knows that sometimes you have to literally get them in the same room – which is what Chattanooga, Tenn., did last month when it convened 300 teachers, frontline workers, business people and foundation leaders for a conference about improving supports for young people.

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August 24, 2011

A Standard Tool to Evaluate Afterschool Quality

Looking for a proven tool to evaluate youth programs? Oakland, Calif., has found it in the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), which “is becoming a standard used to evaluate a wide variety of youth programs throughout the city,” says the Oakland Community After School Alliance.

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August 24, 2011

Camp Fire Expands System for Quality Improvement

While program assessment and staff training are valuable but sometimes daunting tasks, Camp Fire USA is expanding both through a partnership with the Forum.

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August 24, 2011

Helping More Students Graduate

With more and more students taking longer than four years to complete high school, a push is on to help those students by including their graduations in calculations about school effectiveness.

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August 24, 2011

Karen Pittman's blog: Can an Hour a Day Keep the F's Away?

Anyone who has kids knows that 5-year-olds get up earlier than 15-year-olds. Still, many schools ignore that basic reality: Bus schedules often have sleepy teens on the corner as early as 6 a.m. to start classes between 7 and 8 a.m.

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August 9, 2011

America’s Promise Launches Fund to Combat Dropping Out

America’s Promise Alliance has launched a new philanthropic fund focused on solving the nation’s high school dropout crisis. The Grad Nation Community Impact Fund will provide grants to stimulate community engagement and investment to help transform the nation’s lowest-performing schools and surrounding communities.

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August 4, 2011

AASA Executive Director Named Chair of Learning First Alliance

The Learning First Alliance, a partnership of 16 national education associations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, has named American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Executive Director Dan Domenech as chair of its board of directors.

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August 4, 2011

Communities for Change Symposium gets Underway

Looking to reach your goals related to youth and education? Communities across America are convening this week in Louisville to discuss how to do just that. The Communities for Change Symposium will provide local leaders with a better understanding about how to connect and mobilize community resources to track and manage change over time.

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August 4, 2011

All-America Cities Awards Focuses on Reading

For communities wishing to be named an All-America City this year, reading will be fundamental.

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August 4, 2011

Ready by 21 Supports Promise Neighborhood Grant Applicants

Communities seeking federal Promise Neighborhood grants can get help from a new guide produced by the Forum for Youth Investment.

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August 4, 2011