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Forum Flash: February 13, 2007

The Forum looks back...while still moving forward into 2007

Maryland: Education - Student Surveys - Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey

This bill will require the Maryland Departments of Education and Health to align and combine their surveys with the federal Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey, so that young people in Maryland take only one government survey for federal and state departments per year.

(SB9, MD, 2007)

Education-Student Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey

The bill requires the State Department of Education to collaborate with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in order to incorporate the provisions of the Maryland Adolescent Survey and the Youth Tobacco Survey into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance system survey.

Core Assumptions About Change

This two-pager summarizes the core assumptions that philanthropists, planners and policy makers consciously or unconsciously take into account when making decisions about where to focus their efforts to bring about change.

Change Makers in Action: Los Angeles, California

Part of the Ready by 21® Change Makers in Action Series, this case study describes the work done by the United Way and the Unite-LA/L.A. Chamber partnership in Los Angeles.

Incorporating Youth Development Principles into Adolescent Health Programs:A Guide for State-Level Practitioners & Policy Makers

The youth development approach has gained traction over the past twenty-plus years, across a range of youth-serving fields, including public health.

What Kids Need

The December 2006 issue of State Legislatures Magazine features an article by NCSL and Forum staff entitled “What Kids Need.” This article is a part of our ongoing partnership with NCSL to strengthen youth policy in the states and assist state policy makers with the tools and information they need to make change.

Conference Call: What's Next for Child and Youth Advocacy?

On December 14, 2006, The Forum for Youth Investment, along with Voices for America's Children, Kids Count, and the National Conference of State Legislatures, hosted conference call for state child and youth advocates to discuss what the changing political landscape means for child and youth advocacy.

Indiana: Council for Youth Development - Report to the Community 2006 - 2007

The Council for Youth Development has its ultimate goal that every child in the county be Ready by 21—ready for learning, ready for work, ready for life. This annual report to the community is intended to open community dialogue which will result in increased focus on positive youth development in Bartholomew County.

New Mexico: Growing Our Future, Together - 2005 Children's Report Card (From Birth to Age 24)

The Children’s Cabinet is a working group of the 11 departments that work most closely on children’s issues. These departments include a wide range of state agencies, such as: Children, Youth and Families Human Services; Health; Public Education; Labor; Corrections and even Economic Development.