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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

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

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

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

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