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Forum Flash: April 3, 2007

Takin' Care of Business!

2007 Roundtable on Children's Cabinets and Councils

Representatives from 11 states attended the Roundtable in April of 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa to share their experiences, ideas and challenges. Several special guests, including the Governor of Iowa, Chet Culver, the First Lady of Iowa, Mari Culver and Patricia Kempthorne, the Former First Lady of Idaho, joined the event as well.

Tennessee: Study of Children and Youth Mental Health Needs in Tennessee

Senate Joint Resolution 799, passed unanimously by the House and Senate and signed by the governor, directs the Select Committee on Children and Youth to study the children's mental health system and develop recommendations by April 1, 2008.

Youth Program Quality Assessment Tools Comparison Chart

Comparison chart of youth program quality assessment tools.

Forum Flash: March 15, 2007

Need help measuring the quality of your program?

Audio-Conference for Governor's Policy Advisors

Many policy advisors, chiefs of staff and even some Lt. Governors got on the phone to learn more as they think about shaping their work on children and youth.

Youth Today: Evidence of a Darker Reality -- The Black Youth Project

By Karen Pittman, March 2007

Six in 10 African-American youth believe "it is hard for young black people to get ahead because they face so much discrimination,” according to a University of Chicago (UC) report released in February.

Building Quality Improvement Systems: Lessons from Three Emerging Efforts in the Youth-Serving Sector

Quality is fast becoming a policy priority in states and localities around the country. As a result, formal and informal networks of youth organizations are seeking and developing strategies to help them assess and improve performance.

Forum Flash: March 1, 2007

Making a difference by collaborating, coordinating and communicating

Conference Call: Communications for Youth Advocates (2/14/07)

The Forum for Youth Investment, along with Voices for America's Children and Kids Count, hosted a conference call for youth advocates on communications and messaging on February 14th. The call featured Kristen Grimm, president of Spitfire Strategies, and Ann Lochner, director of the Applied Research Collaborative on Youth Development at the University of Minnesota.