Forum for Youth Investment

Surveying Youth Workers

This cross-site conference call was intended for sites interested in surveying youth workers about workforce issues.  The call featured findings from surveys recently conducted in Iowa and Tulsa, OK and included a discussion about using data for planning and advocacy purposes.  
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March 2, 2009

Congressman Yarmuth Calls for Creation of White House Office on Children and Youth

The Forum is delighted that Congressman Yarmuth sent a letter to President Obama days after he took office calling for him to issue an executive order that would create a White House Office on Children and Youth.  This reinforces the message sent to President Obama by the Forum and more than 300 leading child and youth organizations.  Learn more at

February 5, 2009

Forum Flash: February 3, 2009

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

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February 3, 2009

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.

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January 12, 2009

Community Development and Youth Development: Promises and Challenges of Convergence

This paper is a persuasive overview of theoretical and practical evidence of youth and community development as convergent goals or strategies prepared by Michele Cahill, Director of the Youth Development Institute of the Fund for the City of New York. Accompanying this piece is a case study of Youth Development, Inc., a youth-serving organization that has now established a CDC.

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April 2, 1997

Forum Trains National/Local Leaders in Iowa on Ready by 21

On October 30-31, Merita Irby and Senior Fellow Karen Finn led a Ready by 21 Training in Des Moines, Iowa. The training included a wide range of stakeholders and leaders trying to improve the odds for children and youth.

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November 10, 2008

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #13: "Speaking in One Voice"

This commentary highlights the work of the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, a collaborative of mature, city and county-wide nonprofit OST intermediaries, to develop and adopt common youth-, program- and system-level measures that are easy and cost-effective for local systems to implement.

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November 3, 2008

Ensuring Young People are Ready by 21

Earlier this, year Donna Klein and Karen Pittman issued an op-ed entitled "Ensuring Young People are Ready by 21."
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October 1, 2008