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6,023 Forum Flash: November 1, 2007

There has been a lot of big news around Ready by 21: the Forum and the United Way of America have joined forces and the Quality Counts sites have been chosen and announced. We can now work together with United Ways on spreading the message of Ready by 21 and as we do that, we can help specific communities begin to work on changing the odds for youth.

5,981 Louisiana: Governor's Children's Cabinet: Children's Budget Report

The Children's Cabinet is a policy office in the Office of the Governor created by Act 5 of the 1998 Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature. The Cabinet's primary function is to coordinate children's policy across the five departments that provide services for young people: Departments of Education, Health and Hospitals, Labor, Public Safety and Corrections, and Social Services.

5,968 Change Makers in Action: Council for Youth Development (Columbus/Bartholomew County, Indiana)

Part of the Ready by 21® Change Makers in Action Series, this case study describes the work done by the Council for Youth Development in Columbus/Bartholomew County, Indiana.

5,903 Embracing YPQA Video Still Empowering Staff, Improving Quality

This inspiring 12-minute video documents how the Georgetown Divide, a small community in the Sierra foothills of Northern California has embraced a positive youth development approach across the settings where youth spend time and has anchored that commitment through widespread use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment.

5,902 Forum Focus: Quality Counts

In this first issue of Forum Focus, we summarize emerging research and practical evidence that quality matters and push forward to ask the questions: Is quality measurable? Is it malleable? We bring a youth-centered lens to our review, looking for examples that define quality from the perspective of what young people need to heal, grow and contribute.

5,893 How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact

How can public policies be collective impact friendly?

5,890 Youth Today: The Importance of Family

By Karen Pittman, March 2000

My mom died in early February. The death of a parent is cause for much reflection. In my case, this reflection has reaffirmed the importance of family — an institution that we in youth work are often accused of slighting, if not intentionally sidestepping.

5,875 Forum Flash: April 27, 2010

In this issue of Forum Flash, be sure to check out videos on the work of Children's Cabinets and Karen's testimony at the Senate HELP Committee on the whole child and ESEA Reauthorization.

5,843 Hampton, VA: Hampton Youth Commission

The Hampton Youth Commission is a city funded Commission composed of 24 high school aged youth from all four of the public high schools in Hampton as well as Peninsula Catholic and Hampton Roads Academy. The Hampton Youth Commission represents the ideas and opinions of young people in the city, in order for the youth to have a more formal role in the city's planning and decision making.

5,771 Ready by 21® Quality Counts Initiative Sites Announced
More than $2,500,000 in grants, technical assistance awarded to enhance local youth programs.