We are thrilled to announce we will be going to Seattle for the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting, April 23-25, 2019. We hope you will join us!


Executive Summary

Transforming Government, Transforming Communities

Publishing Date: 
April 15, 2015

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.

Publishing Date: 
January 12, 2009

United Way Concept Paper

In February, UWA and the Forum received joint funding from the JC Penny Afterschool Fund to write a concept paper on the United Way of America/Ready by 21 partnership.  The paper describes strategies and activities that will be undertaken by the organizations.

Publishing Date: 
February 27, 2008

Palm Beach County's Prime Time Initiative

These reports describe the implementation of a quality improvement system built around the Youth PQA.

Publishing Date: 
January 1, 2008

Program Quality and Youth Outcomes

The March 13, 2008 Webinar focused on Program Quality and Youth Outcomes and included presentations by Karen Pittman, Charles Smith, and Karen Finn (formerly of the Maryland Governor's Office for Children and Youth).


Publishing Date: 
March 17, 2008

Ready by 21 FAQ

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Ready by 21 and the Ready by 21 Challenge.

Publishing Date: 
February 26, 2008

Youth Today: Youth Consultants for Change

By Karen Pittman, May 2003

Summer is coming. In communities across the country, nonprofits, schools, faith groups and businesses will offer young people a broad range of structured opportunities. Some of those opportunities will even give young people a chance to contribute.

Publishing Date: 
May 1, 2003

Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making

The guide is designed to help states and localities create or strengthen their own youth councils. It is a synthesis of theory and practice that provides a general framework for thinking about youth councils, explaining the principles for youth action and the importance of youth engagement.

Publishing Date: 
July 15, 2007