The Forum for Youth Investment

Researchers Looking at Impact of Youth Interventions

What’s the impact of interventions aimed at improving the settings where children and youth spend their time? That was the topic in December, when the Forum and the William T. Grant Foundation convened an interdisciplinary group of scholars who are studying those effects. The multi-year studies focus on myriad settings, such youth-serving agencies, classrooms and households.

Publishing Date: 
January 20, 2011

Forum and AASA Connect with IDEA Partnership

Here's one way the Forum is reaching out to new partners in the field: On Jan. 11, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) National Partnership met with Karen Pittman and Rob Schamberg from the Forum, and Bryan Joffe of the American Association of School Administrators, to explore using Ready by 21 as a frame to guide the Partnership’s efforts. More conversations will follow.

Publishing Date: 
January 20, 2011

Youth Voices: Video Dispatch from the Mobilize.org Target 2020 Summit

Completing college with credentials that mean something in the workforce is critical to success in work and life. As part of the Forum’s focus on postsecondary success, SparkAction.org’s Shané Gooding attended this Mobilize.org youth summit, where community college students from across North Carolina discussed the main barriers they face and how to address them.

Publishing Date: 
January 20, 2011

New Poll will Measure Hope, Engagement and Well-Being of Youth

Every community wants to know about the hope, engagement and well-being of its youth, and Northern Kentucky is about to learn a lot more thanks to one of the Ready by 21 National Partners. The Northern Kentucky Education Council was selected to coordinate the national pilot test of the Enhanced Gallup Student Poll (GSPi), which Gallup developed with support from the Forum.

Publishing Date: 
January 20, 2011

Jobs for Youth – What Works, What’s Needed

When experts gathered in Washington recently to discuss a new international study on youth employment, the message was that if we don’t make significant changes in how we guide young people to careers, their employment drought might be permanent.

Publishing Date: 
January 20, 2011

Don’t Stop Collaborating – Just Stop Creating New Collaboratives

Many states and communities have multiple task forces, partnerships and councils working on overlapping youth issues, from bullying to pregnancy to dropouts. This policy brief calls attention to the problem of collaboration overload, and suggests ways to tackle it. Check out these tips for working collaboratively without creating redundancy.

Publishing Date: 
January 6, 2011

Southeast Communities Working to Improve Quality in Youth Programming

The Ready by 21 National Partnership is sponsoring the Quality Improvement & Asset Building Challenge Grants (Q&A Challenge) in three southeast communities: Wicomico County, MD; Asheville, NC; and Ft.

Publishing Date: 
January 5, 2011

AASA Awards Ready by 21 Peer Workgroup Mini-Grants

While many communities are interested in implementing Ready by 21® strategies, the economic climate makes it difficult to begin new initiatives. To kick-start such efforts, the American Association of School Administrators has awarded the Erlanger-Eslmere School District (KY) and the Bristol-Warren Regional School District (RI) with Ready by 21 Peer Workgroup Mini-grants. 


Publishing Date: 
January 5, 2011