This is a story about how a statewide team created a shared set of desired outcomes for youth. These outcomes form the basis of an action plan for the state of Massachusetts, focused on translating the vision into reality. The Forum for Youth Investment – using the Ready by 21® set of strategies – guided the creation of the outcomes and action plan.
The Forum for Youth Investment facilitated a Ready by 21 approach over the course of three retreats with the Massachusetts Action Planning Team made up of over 100 members. The Action Planning Team (APT) was convened and supported by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Made up of stakeholders ac
Forum staff is working with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to develop a statewide plan for youth with a diverse Action Planning Team (APT). Since October, APT members have been working diligently to develop comprehensive action strategies that will improve outcomes for all children and youth in Massachusetts.
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) into law. The law calls for sweeping changes in public education. Among these is a new federal requirement that all states in receipt of Title I assistance must issue annual "report cards."