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|9,583||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.
|9,198||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.
|9,174||Youth Today: On Nature versus Nurture, Success and Failure||
By Karen Pittman, October 2003
|8,905||Credentialed by 26, Changing the Odds for Students: Spotlight on Kingsborough College||
Leaders at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn have changed the way they do business and as a result, increased student success.
|8,697||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.
|8,697||Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #10: Rethinking the High School Experience: What's After-School Got to Do With it?||
With high school reform now a front-burner issue, districts and communities cannot afford to have high school after-school on the back burner.
|8,570||Credentialed by 26, Insulating the Education Pipeline to Increase Postsecondary Success||
The first in a new Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 series, this issue brief explores why postsecondary completion is an important goal and looks at how the U.S. is currently faring. It identifies partners that need to be mobilized and policy approaches that need to be enacted in order to significantly increase completion rates and help more young people successfully transition to adulthood.
|8,522||Youth Today: 21st Century Skills and Indicators||
By Karen Pittman, July 2003
We're getting close.
On June 5, 50 hand-picked researchers, practitioners and policy experts from academia and youth development gathered in Washington at the behest of the U.S. Department of Education to prioritize youth performance indicators used to assess after-school programs the department funds. The stakes were high. The discussions were surprisingly good.
|8,517||Don’t Stop Collaborating – Just Stop Creating New Collaboratives||
Many states and communities have multiple task forces, partnerships and councils working on overlapping youth issues, from bullying to pregnancy to dropouts. This policy brief calls attention to the problem of collaboration overload, and suggests ways to tackle it. Check out these tips for working collaboratively without creating redundancy.
|8,451||Ready By 21® National Partner Profiles and Commitments||
The six partners who in 2007 made formal commitments to work with the Forum to advance the Ready by 21 Challenge represent the education, government, nonprofit, business and community philanthropy sectors. Each was chosen because they had pledged to do business differently and sought out the Forum to help in some way.