Kiley Bednar


Project Manager & SEL Specialist 

Kiley helps people who work with youth do that work better. She oversees Forum training programs – including the Ready by 21 Webinar Series and Ready by 21 Institutes – as well as the development of the Ready by 21 Tool Inventory. She also helps community leaders carry out Program Landscape Mapping, a process of gathering better data on the services, supports and opportunities available to children and youth.

Hailing from the “Show Me” state (Missouri), Kiley began her career as a Lutheran Volunteer Corps member in Seattle, Wash., where she led a neighborhood meal program and advocated for insurance coverage for youth aging out of foster care. Then, in Illinois, she coordinated a statewide Violence Prevention Youth Advisory Board, developed service-learning opportunities at the Interfaith Youth Core, and oversaw an educational summer camp at Northwestern University. Before joining the Forum in 2009, Kiley led the Ready by 21 Program Landscape Mapping pilot process at Prevention First, in Illinois.

Kiley received her B.A. in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.A. in Social Service Administration, with a focus on community development, from the University of Chicago.

In her spare time, you can find Kiley baking cupcakes, reading poetry or running. She loves music; her favorite musician is Van Morrison.