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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.