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New Guide for Community Collaboration

Communities across the country are forming leadership bodies to help improve outcomes for youth. But one group of stakeholders, the youth-serving sector, is often the least organized and least systematically represented of all.

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August 4, 2011

Webinar Archive: The Art of Effective Data Sharing

Discover how policy decision makers benefit from shared information systems. Learn new strategies for addressing common barriers to state data sharing. Get a first-hand account of how to put the right data safely into the hands of service providers.

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August 3, 2011

Webinar Archive: 2011 Ready by 21 State Policy Survey

On July 21, the Forum hosted a webinar on the 2011 Ready by 21 State Policy Survey, the first comprehensive survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies in the U.S.

RAND researchers Anita Chandra and Joie Acosta joined Forum staff to recap the results and answer questions from the audience.

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July 26, 2011

Bridging School and Afterschool

Building bridges between school and afterschool is a common yet daunting task in communities around the country. That’s why afterschool practitioners, educators, researchers and policymakers will convene in Seattle in October for the 9th annual Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back Conference.

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July 22, 2011

Forum Developing Tool to Improve After-School Program Quality

Washington, D.C. – A new tool is on the way to help providers and funders improve the quality of out-of-school time services.

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July 22, 2011

What Helps Students Most?

With so many initiatives focused on trying to boost student achievement, practitioners often find it overwhelming to figure out what strategies work best for which students. That’s why the Forum is embarking on a project to bring together practitioners and researchers who have been funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3).

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July 22, 2011

Putting Ready by 21 to Work

For those looking to turn Ready by 21 theories into practice at the state level, Chattanooga, Tenn., was the place to be last month. At the Ready by 21 State Strategy Symposium, convened by the Forum and the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 20 state-level leaders convened for two days to learn more about Ready by 21 and develop action plans to take home.

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July 22, 2011

Energizing a Children’s Cabinet in Time of Change

How do you continue the work of a children's cabinet when your state gets a new governor? Florida handled that challenge by reinvigorating its Children and Youth Cabinet with a full-day retreat.

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July 22, 2011

Improving Afterschool Quality: Tools that Work

Just how does an organization increase the quality of its afterschool programs? In Chicago, the answer was to adopt research-based quality improvement tools developed by the Weikart Center, a division of the Forum.

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July 22, 2011

Introduction to the Ready by 21 Strategies Webinar Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 3 PM ET

Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies that helps communities improve the odds that all youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 meets leaders where they are, challenges them to think and work differently, and helps them progress further and faster to deliver results for youth.

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July 20, 2011

Forum Flash: June 2011

Forum Flash: Top Policy Leaders, Youth Coordinating Bodies, Boosting College Success

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June 17, 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

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

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