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The Harm of Zero Tolerance Gone Wild

If schools in your community practice zero tolerance policies, you might want to see why a youth suicide compelled the Forum’s Karen Pittman and Patrick Boyle to blog about the potential harm of such policies. Their message: Forcing a kid to leave a school means a lot more than changing the location of the math class.

Publishing Date: 
May 19, 2011

Ready by 21 Case Study: Petaluma

How can a community change the quality, coordination and reach of its services, supports and engagement opportunities for children and youth? The Forum’s latest Ready by 21® case study shows how leaders in Petaluma, Calif., did just that, working with the Forum to use the Ready by 21 approach to build a communitywide coalition and develop new strategies that had impact.

Publishing Date: 
May 18, 2011

Webinar Archive: Taking Bolder Actions: Engaging Youth, Families and Community Members in Solutions

Changing the way you do business means changing who is involved in identifying community issues, as well as who is active in taking action toward solutions. Leaders need to engage youth, families and community leaders as organizers, planners and advocates by ensuring ongoing opportunities for leadership and participation. It's important to have strategies that reach all, not just a few.

Publishing Date: 
April 26, 2011

Using Better Data and Information: Bringing the Best Information about What Works Into the Decision-making Process Webinar

In order to 'change the way they do business,' leaders need access to the best information on 'what works.' This involves regularly requesting and using reviews of national research on what works, as well as conducting and using local studies and surveys. We will explore ways to bring this information into your decision-making process.

Publishing Date: 
April 26, 2011

Implementing Bolder Strategies 101 Webinar, August 30, 2011, 3 PM ET

At the end of the day, broader partnerships, bigger goals, and better data and decision making are only useful if they significantly increase the likelihood that timely, well-vetted, evidence-based strategies will be implemented and nurtured toward success. Many communities are dealing with an overabundance of strategies, and struggle to implement strategies in an aligned and effective way.

Publishing Date: 
August 31, 2011

Using Better Data & Information 101 Webinar Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 3 PM

There are very few examples of ongoing, cross-system efforts to identify data needs, fill data gaps and use data to influence real-time decision-making. Information and data are needed at every level - within indvidual programs; within organizations; within networks, coalitions or systems; within leadership groups (focused on orchestration, not service delivery); and within communities.

Publishing Date: 
April 26, 2011

Align New Policies with Existing Efforts to Collaborate

The Forum has just launched its new Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Series, which will provide a set of strategies to ensure that new child and youth policies align with existing efforts in order to create a seamless system of supports.

Publishing Date: 
April 21, 2011