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Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment and delivered by the Ready by 21 National Partnership to make a measurable improvement in young people's lives. In communities around the country, Ready by 21 meets leaders where they are to reach the goal of having all youth ready for college, work and life.
In communities across the country, competing priorities, fragmented services, unstable funding and low expectations combine to create a sense of complacency. Establishing a common, 'big picture,' action-oriented vision that conveys compelling goals for children and youth is a critical step toward aligning efforts. Why?
Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies that helps communities improve the odds that all youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 meets leaders where they are, challenges them to think and work differently, and helps them progress further and faster to deliver results for youth.
This story shows how community leaders built an overarching leadership council to coordinate and improve youth services. Those leaders used Ready by 21® strategies to expand the council’s scope to include organizations and agencies covering the full range of youth supports, and to get them working toward the same goals.
A nonprofit news service about advocacy on behalf of youth is spreading the word about the great strides made by Ready by 21 communities. In searching for evidence-based stories about “what works,” Child Advocacy 360 summarizes how Petaluma, Calif., used Ready by 21 strategies to help set priorities, engage youth and change practices.
More and more communities are dipping into the Ready by 21 waters: The Ready by 21 Partnership has selected partnerships in four communities – Montgomery County, Md.; Broward County, Fla.; El Dorado County, Calif.; and Sonoma County, Calif. – to participate in the Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 Challenge.
This is a story about how city leaders engaged their entire community to create a shared vision for their youth and a master plan to carry out that vision. Today that vision and plan, established in conjunction with the Forum for Youth Investment’s Ready by 21® strategies, provide the framework for delivering Nashville’s youth services and supports.