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2008 Directory of State Children's Cabinets and Councils - June 2008 Update

The 2008 Directory of State Children’s Cabinets and Councils provides at-a-glance responses to basic but important questions: which states have children’s cabinets and councils? Who is involved in them? What do they do? The guide provides summaries of interviews done with children’s cabinet and council directors in the latter half of 2007.

2007-12-01
Forum Flash: November 1, 2007

There has been a lot of big news around Ready by 21: the Forum and the United Way of America have joined forces and the Quality Counts sites have been chosen and announced. We can now work together with United Ways on spreading the message of Ready by 21 and as we do that, we can help specific communities begin to work on changing the odds for youth.

2007-11-01
Ready by 21® Quality Counts Initiative Sites Announced
More than $2,500,000 in grants, technical assistance awarded to enhance local youth programs.
2007-10-31
Youth Ready by 21: A Five-Year Action Agenda for Maryland

In Maryland, there are many agencies, organizations, task forces and coalitions focused on various pieces of the puzzle needed to ensure that all youth are ready for adulthood. While aiming for similar ultimate goals, these groups are often working in parallel and occasionally at cross purposes due to funding streams and grant restrictions.

2007-10-10
Youth Today: Extending Learning—Will We Ever Get it Right?

By Karen Pittman, October 2007

I had a few hours to read, so I pulled out the folder into which I cram all of the things that catch my eye and might make good material for a column.

Here’s what I read recently:

2007-10-01
Arizona: Five Keys to Youth Success -- Unlocking the Door to Arizona's Future

Positive youth development is a policy perspective that emphasizes providing services and opportunities to help all young people develop a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and empowerment.  This framework, Five Keys to Youth Success: Unlocking the Door to Arizona’s Future (Five Keys), focuses on this perspective, and conveys the importance of investing in young people and ensuring tha

2007-09-11
Bartholomew County, IN Council for Youth Development Overview

The Council for Youth Development is a local coalition, supported by a successful, nationally-recognized program.  The Council includes our school systems, youth-serving agencies, government, United Way and scores of agencies dedicated to helping prepare our children to be healthy, successful members of society.

2007-08-08
Forum Flash: August 7, 2007

This month, Karen Pittman traveled to New York for several days of panels, roundtables and discussions on after-school research and quality programs which was hosted by The Center for After-School Excellence. Across the country, Elizabeth Gaines was working with education advisors in California on strategies to solve problems in their community using Ready by 21.

2007-08-07
Forum Flash: July 17, 2007

Making Sure Quality Counts and Youth are Engaged

2007-07-17
Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making

The guide is designed to help states and localities create or strengthen their own youth councils. It is a synthesis of theory and practice that provides a general framework for thinking about youth councils, explaining the principles for youth action and the importance of youth engagement.

2007-07-15