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11,656 Ready by 21 State Policy Survey 2013

The Ready by 21 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S. is the nation's only survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies (e.g., children's cabinets, early childhood councils and P-20/P-16 education councils.) The survey assesses coordinating bo

11,442 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.

11,236 Youth Today: On Nature versus Nurture, Success and Failure

By Karen Pittman, October 2003

11,218 Youth Today: Supports, Opportunities and Services

By Karen Pittman, October 2000

I like to coin phrases — simple ways of saying things that help people remember important concepts. Years ago I coined, “Supports, Opportunities and Services,” or S.O.S. Young people need steady doses of all three. They need services: Healthcare, housing, transportation, crisis intervention, instruction, financial assistance, public spaces — things provided for them. They need supports:

10,770 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.

10,718 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.

10,671 Youth Today: Risky Businesses

By Karen Pittman, June 2004

Consider this: In 2001, more young people declared bankruptcy than graduated from college.

10,531 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.

10,392 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.

10,384 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.