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|Ready for College||
Much has been written lately that asks the question -- are young people across this country ready for college? The Forum for Youth Investment, Connect for Kids, Voices for America's Children and many state Kids Count organizations have developed this series for state advocates to share the vision, messages and state policies being proposed to improve the college readiness of youth.
|Ohio: Family and Children First Cabinet Council||
The bill establishes certain duties and responsibilities of the Family & Children First (FCF) Cabinet Council and county FCF councils. Ohio Family & Children First is a partnership of government agencies and community organizations seeking to improve the well being of children and families. The state agency members include the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Office of Budget
|What Do You Want to Take Stock Of?||
There are multiple types of information that are needed to translate goals into action effectively - information on children and youth, programs, policies, public and political will. This one-page handout provides a list of common ways that states and communities “take stock.”
|Strengthening Youth Policy Issue Brief -- Positive Youth Development: State Strategies||
What is needed to strengthen youth policy in the states? In this Research and Policy Report, co-authored by the Forum for Youth Investment and the National Conference of State Legislatures, learn concrete ways that states are addressing key challenges to creating better aligned and more effective youth policy.
|Youth Today: Secret to Success: Deliver Meaning||
By Karen Pittman, March 2006
Accomplishment. Beauty. Community. Creation. Duty.
Those are five of the 15 “meanings” identified in a hot new business book about the bottom-line importance of creating meaningful customer experiences.
|Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #11: People, Places and Possibilities: Integrating Mentoring and After-School||
This commentary explores the relationship between mentoring and after-school, two fields that have garnered significant policy attention and momentum over the past several years. The question is not which makes more sense — mentoring or after-school — but how can we utilize both strategies to increase the likelihood that young people have the supports they need to thrive.
|Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Safe and Sound: The Children's Budget||
The Children's Budget is a companion document to the Report Card that measures and analyzes all government spending for children and youth in Philadelphia.
|Youth Today: 2006: The Year Quality May Finally Get Counted||
By Karen Pittman, January 2006
We all believe that quality counts. Even if Woody Allen is correct in his assertion that “80 percent of success is showing up,” that means that 20 percent of the success of organized efforts to engage young people in school and in after-school programs can be attributed to what happens after they get there.
|Oregon: Linking State and Local Policy Planning: Oregon's Approach to Untangling the Web of Services for Youth and Families||
Around the country, states are making strides to coordinate youth policies and align programs, services and funding. In many ways they are ahead of federal efforts to do the same. In order for systems to flow seamlessly, however, communities must play a direct role in assessing their own needs, making recommendations for improvements, and shaping the flow of resources.
|Hawaii: Request Counties to Assist At-Risk Youth||
Requesting the counties, the family courts in all circuits, and the office of youth services to collaborate on the development of an action plan that assesses the needs of their at-risk youth, identifies programs, services and strategies to address their needs, and provides safe alternatives to incarceration for youth on each island.