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Forum Flash: July 23, 2009

We've got exciting news this month! We're proud to announce our Ready by 21 Video and Brochure – these are great resources that lay out in a simple way the Ready by 21 Challenge, Approach and Partnership. In the video, hear the story of leaders in Richmond using Ready by 21 to improve their community.

Forum Flash: June 16, 2009

In this edition of Forum Flash, read Karen's latest Youth Today column that reflects on the similar challenges in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and, if you haven't had a chance to join one, make sure to clear your calendar for the next Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge webinar.

Youth Today: Taking Risks for Transition-Age Youth

On any given day, scores of young people with limited individual and social capital are simultaneously struggling to exit some systems and enter others: foster care, residential treatment centers, higher education, mental health programs, gainful employment.

Forum Flash: May 13, 2009

In this month's Forum Flash, there are lots of resources and updates on how to measure the state of your state's or community's child and youth programs.

Out of School Time Policy Commentary #14: "After School Grows Up: Helping Teens Prepare for the Future"

This commentary takes readers on a cross-country tour of after-school innovation – from northern and southern California to Chicago, New York and New Hampshire. In On the Ground we describe two very different school-based models in California.

Forum Flash: March 23, 2009

In Karen Pittman's Youth Today column, she reflects on the election that successfully mobilized young people and diverse citizens alike. Karen also worked with other child and youth leaders at the Shaping America's Youth IV Forum that prepared recommendations for President Obama. Also, check out the opening for a Program Manager at the David P.

Youth Today: a "5 Star" President Who Happens to be Bi-Racial

On January 20, I joined millions of Americans and millions more around the world to watch the inauguration of our 44th president. Bad knees kept me out of the crowd, but I dutifully taped the day for family and friends who went out to be counted. I beamed at the image of the soon-to-be president, head back, eyes closed, breathing in the wonderful music played by Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.

Forum Flash: February 3, 2009

During these tough times, you need the right tools to figure out what's working.

Federal Programs & Youth Workers: Opportunities to Strengthen Our Workforce

Policymakers increasingly view youth development and after-school programs as solutions to a host of problems confronting youth, communities and our country overall. Yet, funds for these programs as a whole are scarce and when resources are devoted to training or workforce development, they appear to be included as afterthoughts or minor priorities.

Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools, 2nd Edition

Program quality assessment and improvement continue to be central themes in the after-school and youth development fields. In March 2007 we released the first edition of this report comparing the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content and technical properties of different program observation tools.