Forum for Youth Investment
In July 2002, the Forum merged with Community IMPACT!
In this issue of Forum Focus, we focus on what researchers and policy makers are doing to help governments take stock of their efforts to make sure that every young person is “Ready by 21” – ready for work, ready for college, ready for life.
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.
In this issue, we explore how community partnerships to support formal learning and development matter and how they can be created and sustained.
On July 15, Karen Pittman, facilitated an interactive presentation on Ready by 21® at the Shared Youth Vision Pre-Conference. This pre-conference session preceded the Workforce Innovations that took place throughout the week in New Orleans.
See slightly adapted versions of the Forum's landscape mapping survey tool used by Columbus and Iowa. Rhode Island also adapted the landscape mapping survey as well as incorporating workforce development questions into the survey.
By Karen Pittman, September/October 1992
There is an unprecedented opportunity to move a national youth agenda that has development, rather than deterrence, as it’s base. Frustration with two decades of fragmented policies and programs aimed at reducing youth problems has peaked. I sense a willingness, even an eagerness, to embrace a new philosophy.