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!


Overview of Ready by 21


READY BY 21®: Taking Aim on the Big Picture

READY BY 21: Taking Aim on the Big Picture describes the basic process that can be used by cities, states, funders and programs to coordinate their policies and services to support young people and their families. This tool is the "closet organizer" of youth policy.

Publishing Date: 
December 1, 2006

Ready by 21 at One: Read the One-Year Update

Read about the work the Forum and its partners have done in the first year since launching the Ready by 21 Challenge.

Publishing Date: 
July 1, 2006

President's Remarks: Moving Ideas to Impact to Change the Odds for Youth - Charting the Forum's Course to 2010

Reflecting on her life as a teen growing up in the low-income neighborhoods of Washington, DC, Karen Pittman spells out why she is determined to have the Forum meet its goal of challenging national partners and state and local change makers to ensure that every young person is Ready by 21®.

Publishing Date: 
July 13, 2005

Ready for Work

In the past, much attention has been paid to the leaks in the “education pipeline”, but now employers, youth and communities are focusing on repairing the “work pipeline” to ensure that young people are ready for work by age 21

Publishing Date: 
September 1, 2006

Ready by 21® National Partners

The Ready by 21 national partners are an unprecedented coalition of prominent national organizations whose members touch the lives of more than 100 million children and youth across the country. Created in 2008, the partnership offers leaders tools and supports to change the way they do business together, so that more young people are ready for college, work and life.