Advocacy and Communications
Effective leadership for changing the odds for children and youth requires motivating a number of distinct groups to act. It is essential for leaders to develop an aligned and focused advocacy and communications strategy that articulates and builds demand for changing the odds for children and youth.
The Forum for Youth Investment has partnered with Corporate Voices for Working Families to support a Youth Transitions Task Force charged with identifying and promoting the corporate and public policies necessary to ensure that young people ages 14-21 have the opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in work and in life.
Click here for the 2004 Legislative Report highlighting suicide prevention, under health and wellness.
Every year in Pennsylvania, one out of five high school students fails to graduate. Of the 153,523 ninth graders who started high school in 2000-01, those not reaching graduation four years later (2003-04) totaled 33,349 or 21.7 percent - more than one in five students. Nationally, only 71 percent of ninth graders graduate four years later (National Education Summit on High Schools, NGA and Achieve, Inc., 2005).
The challenge for the 1990s was to get youth development principles adopted into the mainstream discussions of what young people need, do and offer. The challenge for the next decade is to get these ideas embedded in public policy — not as new pieces of legislation, but as lenses and frames that guide policy analysis, prioritization and decision making.
On September 21, the Forum brought together several national experts to address key questions around the connections between the high school reform and after-school movements.
Policy makers across the country have stepped up their efforts to address key challenges facing our young people.
On December 14, 2006, The Forum for Youth Investment, along with Voices for America's Children, Kids Count, and the National Conference of State Legislatures, hosted conference call for state child and youth advocates to discuss what the changing political landscape means for child and youth advocacy.