Our Mission

Our mission is straightforward: We help leaders get young people ready for college, work and life. Doing so requires a range of strategies – from national thought leadership to on-the-ground action.


The Forum is committed to thought leadership – and to bring academic, field and action research into play where policy and practice decisions are made. We do more than synthesize information. We challenge leaders to:

  • improve youth readiness;
  • increase family, school and community supports; and
  • increase shared accountability for progress.

The Forum is equally committed to action. Each year, we expand our capacity to help leaders who share our passion for big picture change to move these ideas to impact. We create trainings, tools, learning communities, technical assistance and evaluation approaches that respond to their requests and connect them with their peers.

Helping all young people be ready by 21 – ready for college, work and life – is the vision that drives our work. It knits together the branded technical assistance centers, networks, and projects and initiatives we create to organize our staff and be better prepared to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the national, state and local leaders with whom we work.

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important