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READY BY 21®: Taking Aim on the Big Picture

READY BY 21: Taking Aim on the Big Picture describes the basic process that can be used by cities, states, funders and programs to coordinate their policies and services to support young people and their families. This tool is the "closet organizer" of youth policy.

Publishing Date: 
December 1, 2006

Ready by 21 at One: Read the One-Year Update

Read about the work the Forum and its partners have done in the first year since launching the Ready by 21 Challenge.

Publishing Date: 
July 1, 2006

President's Remarks: Moving Ideas to Impact to Change the Odds for Youth - Charting the Forum's Course to 2010

Reflecting on her life as a teen growing up in the low-income neighborhoods of Washington, DC, Karen Pittman spells out why she is determined to have the Forum meet its goal of challenging national partners and state and local change makers to ensure that every young person is Ready by 21®.

Publishing Date: 
July 13, 2005

Ready for Work

In the past, much attention has been paid to the leaks in the “education pipeline”, but now employers, youth and communities are focusing on repairing the “work pipeline” to ensure that young people are ready for work by age 21

Publishing Date: 
September 1, 2006

Ready for College

Much has been written lately that asks the question -- are young people across this country ready for college? The Forum for Youth Investment, Connect for Kids, Voices for America's Children and many state Kids Count organizations have developed this series for state advocates to share the vision, messages and state policies being proposed to improve the college readiness of youth.

Publishing Date: 
April 1, 2006

Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

Engaging young people as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating that idea into effective practice requires focused attention to a range issues. The principles described in this paper emerged from the commingling of research and practice that occurred when the Forum for Youth Investment merged with Community IMPACT! USA.

Publishing Date: 
July 1, 2007

NGA Roundtable on Children's Cabinets

Twelve Children’s Cabinet directors came together to share ideas and hear from Karen Pittman about how to better align youth policy in their states. We also had the opportunity to facilitate a Consensus Planning Day with the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children and stakeholders from throughout the state.

Publishing Date: 
March 21, 2005

Ready by 21 Change Maker Update: State-Level Children's Cabinets and Commissions Come Into Their Own

In March 2006 the Forum along with NGA and the New Mexico Children's Cabinet hosted the second annual Children's Cabinet Roundtable in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Eight states participated in the Roundtable and discussed their progress in coordinating resources, collaborating on strategies, and convening key players in improving outcomes for children and youth.

Publishing Date: 
April 10, 2006