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Introducing the Pipeline to the Public

Those looking for ways to introduce the concept of the Insulated Education Pipeline to the general public might find it useful to see how the Forum found an opportunity in The Washington Post.

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June 16, 2011

Helping Educators Get Kids Ready for College and Career Success

"Readiness" is in. But are educators prepared for the implications?

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June 16, 2011

Groundbreaking Research on State Coordination of Child and Youth Policies

While child and youth coordinating bodies such as Children’s Cabinets, P-20 Councils, and Early Childhood Councils are critical in providing seamless, effective and efficient services to children and youth, there is little research on them.

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June 15, 2011

Leaders Honored for Helping Youth be ‘Ready by 21’

June 8, 2011

Washington, D.C. – At a time when budget cuts are slashing into youth programs around the country, The Forum for Youth Investment today honored policymakers who are taking action to help prepare our nation’s young people for successful adulthood.

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June 8, 2011

Ready Partners: June 2, 2011

Ready Partners: Better School Instruction, the State of Afterschool, Helping Young Employees

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June 3, 2011

AASA Exploring Effective Use of Student Information Systems

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) won a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve instructional planning and practice in schools.

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June 2, 2011

Affordable Care Act Grants Provide $100 Million to Create Healthier Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the availability of over $100 million for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants aim to help communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and thus reduce health disparities and lower health care costs.

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June 2, 2011

The Harm of Zero Tolerance Gone Wild

If schools in your community practice zero tolerance policies, you might want to see why a youth suicide compelled the Forum’s Karen Pittman and Patrick Boyle to blog about the potential harm of such policies. Their message: Forcing a kid to leave a school means a lot more than changing the location of the math class.

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May 19, 2011

What is Positive Youth Development and How Does it Help?

Those who promote and carry out positive youth development are sometimes asked to explain what it is. Forum CEO Karen Pittman took on that task in a speech in Miami this month at the bi-annual Leadership Institute for Reclaiming Futures, a national initiative that helps young people who are in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime.

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May 19, 2011

Youth Voice in the White House: You Make the Call

Those who think young people should have a greater voice in the development of federal youth policies have a chance to shape how that would happen: The Forum and its fellow advocates are gaining momentum in their call for the creation of a National Youth Council to work with federal policymakers.

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May 19, 2011

Communities Start Their Ready by 21 Challenges

The Forum continues to help more communities implement Ready by 21 tools. Last month, four new communities kicked off the Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 Challenge – a six-month technical assistance project aimed at improving youth transitions to adulthood.

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May 19, 2011

Using Better Data and Information: Bringing the Best Information about What Works Into the Decision-making Process Webinar

In order to 'change the way they do business,' leaders need access to the best information on 'what works.' This involves regularly requesting and using reviews of national research on what works, as well as conducting and using local studies and surveys. We will explore ways to bring this information into your decision-making process.

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April 26, 2011

Webinar Archive: Taking Bolder Actions: Engaging Youth, Families and Community Members in Solutions

Changing the way you do business means changing who is involved in identifying community issues, as well as who is active in taking action toward solutions. Leaders need to engage youth, families and community leaders as organizers, planners and advocates by ensuring ongoing opportunities for leadership and participation. It's important to have strategies that reach all, not just a few.

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April 26, 2011

Using Better Data & Information 101 Webinar Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 3 PM

There are very few examples of ongoing, cross-system efforts to identify data needs, fill data gaps and use data to influence real-time decision-making. Information and data are needed at every level - within indvidual programs; within organizations; within networks, coalitions or systems; within leadership groups (focused on orchestration, not service delivery); and within communities.

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April 26, 2011