This work helps policymakers, advocates and rising leaders increase their capacity by aligning with other advocates, departments, sectors and levels of government to use data and evidence to support the whole child.  We support leaders’ efforts to:

  • Align fragmented policies that favor system-focused rather than child and youth-focused outcomes.
  • Use data and research that make the best use of the best types of evidence to not only justify program spending, but support program improvement
  • Advocate effectively, identifying tangible, measurable ways to advance social and racial equity.
  • Communicate powerfully to inspire action with localized data, success examples and leader stories.

 

ADVOCACY AND ACTION CENTER

SparkAction.org  is a collaborative online journalism and advocacy platform to mobilize action for and by young people.

 

NETWORKS

  • The Children’s Cabinet Networks bring together federal, state and local leaders to assess and align government policies horizontally (across systems) and vertically (across levels of government).
  • The Opportunity Youth Network (OYN) brings together the country’s prominent philanthropists, corporations, federal government officials, nonprofits and young leaders around a goal to reduce the number of opportunity youth by one million every five years.

 

SIGNATURE INITIATIVE

  • Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 350 cross-sector organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.

 

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

 

MAJOR PROJECTS

The Forum provides support to the following field-building projects:

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important