Our Products and Services

The Forum for Youth Investment provides products and services to help leaders improve partnerships, policies and practices for young people. These products and services are based on best practices in youth development and on our experience working with dozens of communities around the country since our founding in 1998.

We work primarily with state and local leadership groups, as well as provider networks. We offer:

  • Published guides and tools
  • Workshops and trainings, both distant and on-site
  • In-depth technical assistance
  • Facilitation for leader and community engagement
  • Data collection and assessment  
  • Peer network management


We deliver these services through …

Ready by 21

Ready by 21© is a set of innovative strategies that helps communities and states improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 tools and technical assistance guide groups of leaders from different organizations and agencies to work in partnership for all young people along the Insulated Education Pipeline – the full complement of settings where learning and development happens.

The Big Picture Approach

The Big Picture Approach© is a suite of training and tools for community partnerships groups working to improve population-level outcomes. Big Picture Approach Institutes are designed for professionals and partnership groups working with a collective impact approach at different levels – ranging from regional collaboratives to neighborhood groups as well as from single issue coalitions to those focused on multiple issues.

Program Quality Improvement

The Forum's The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (CYPQ) implements evidence-based processes to assess and improve the quality of out-of-school time programs through a cycle of continuous improvement. These processes include the Youth Program Quality Assessment and the Youth Program Quality Intervention. They are carried out primarily by networks of providers across a state, region or community.

Policy Alignment

The Forum’s policy staff works with state and local leaders to assess and align government policies across systems and levels to make those policies more effective. It does this through tools, guides and technical assistance. The staff also manages the Children’s Cabinet Network, composed of state officials who meet regularly to coordinate services, develop a common set of desired outcomes, and implement plans to foster the well-being of young people in their state.