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10,668 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.

10,467 Youth Today: Wanted: Youth Work Principles in Schools

By Karen Pittman, July 2008

Seven students recently joined me for breakfast in a windowless conference room in Des Moines to talk about “the high school dropout crisis.” They were experts: Five had dropped out. Another had come very close.

10,213 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.

9,763 Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #12: Unpacking Youth Work Practice

The Forum's OST Policy Commentary series is back! In this issue we discuss the implications of recent research led by Bart Hirsch, Reed Larson and Charles Smith. Each study helps deepen our understanding of youth work practice and can inform policy strategies aimed at developing a strong, stable, committed and prepared OST workforce.

9,251 Directions to the Cady-Lee House

The Cady-Lee House (www.cadylee.org) is located at 7064 Eastern Avenue NW on the southeast corner of Piney Branch Road and Eastern Avenue in Takoma, D.C., adjacent to Takoma Park, Maryland.

9,147 Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #13: "Speaking in One Voice"

This commentary highlights the work of the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, a collaborative of mature, city and county-wide nonprofit OST intermediaries, to develop and adopt common youth-, program- and system-level measures that are easy and cost-effective for local systems to implement.

9,059 Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

Engaging young people as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating that idea into effective practice requires focused attention to a range issues. The principles described in this paper emerged from the commingling of research and practice that occurred when the Forum for Youth Investment merged with Community IMPACT! USA.

8,865 Youth Today: Ready for Life: Yes, That Means College

By Karen Pittman, December 2008

The core belief here at the Forum for Youth Investment – that all young people should be Ready by 21 – ready for college, work and life – often provokes public criticism.  The exchanges typically go like this:

“Not every young person needs to go to college,” calls out one person from an audience. True, I say, but all should be ready to.

8,611 Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action

The Forum partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Nonprofits to publish Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture and Outcomes.

8,370 Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #17: The Common Core Standards: What do they Mean for Out-of-School Time?

The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools.