Ready News: March 5, 2019

Future Savings: The Economic Potential of Successful Transitions from Foster Care to Adulthood | New Report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Every year in America, thousands of young people age out of foster care, often at age 18, without being connected to a permanent family and other critical resources and opportunities needed to succeed in life. Many of these young people experience troubling outcomes. They are more likely than their peers who aren’t in foster care to drop out of school, become parents before they’re ready, experience homelessness or become incarcerated.

For each of these young people, these consequences translate to hardship that can last a lifetime. For society, the persistent trends of poor outcomes for youth who age out of foster care have sizable negative economic effects.

A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “Future Savings: The Economic Potential of Successful Transitions From Foster Care to Adulthood,” turns the lens on young people who age out of foster care and explores four areas – education, early parenthood, homelessness and incarceration – where they fare worse than their general population peers. Readers will learn the economic cost of this shortfall and see how targeted interventions can help these youth while also erasing billions of dollars in unnecessary costs.

Read the report.

Attention to Social-Emotional Learning is Growing. But How do You “Do” SEL?
New Search Institute Blog

Eric Kalenze, Director of Education Solutions at Search Institute, gets the chance to talk about motivation and relationships with educators from all over the country, and from all corners of the education field.

A very common question he hears from educators regards implementation.

For example: “I see what I should be keeping in mind, but how can we make that happen with kids?”

In a new blog post, Eric explores what the experts have to say and highlights how Search Institute partners with schools to bring intention to their SEL efforts and transform relational practices.

Read more.

42 Years of CTE Policy: Progress and Lingering Challenges
New American Youth Policy Forum Blog

February was National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a time to recognize the huge contributions the CTE enterprise makes to our economy and to helping young people figure out their futures and gain the skills needed for career success.

In AYPF’s Executive Director Betsy Brand’s 42 years of working on CTE policy in various capacities, she has seen support for CTE wax and wane, and she’s pleased that right now, CTE is getting the attention and support it deserves. At the same time, Betsy has been reflecting on the advancements we’ve made in CTE, but also the challenges still facing us.

Read the rest of the blog.

Collective Impact Learning Lab – Ready by 21 version: Tools & Techniques for Achieving Results
March 26-27, 2019
Silver Spring, Maryland

Please join us for a practical, hands-on two-day workshop and coaching session designed for backbone leaders, steering committee members and other partners actively involved in community change efforts focused on children & youth.

The workshop is designed for leaders who are thinking about how the critical tasks of community change management can be staged and sequenced in order to move steadily towards improving outcomes. It is particularly useful for those in the early stages of forming or planning an initiative, or in the process of re-igniting or refreshing their initiative for the next phase of joint work. Special emphasis is given to tools and techniques that help leaders align and connect multiple issues and efforts, identifying areas for joint planning and action.

Learn more and register today.

Creating Consensus with Targeted Universalism
Originally developed by professor and critical race scholar john a. powell, targeted universalism is an approach to change management that simultaneously aims for a universal goal while also addressing disparities in opportunities among sub-groups.

In a new blog and issue brief, FSG’s Ebele Anidi, Hayling Price, and Ursula Wright share practices and methods that can help a group of diverse stakeholders understand and embrace the power of targeted universalism.

Read more.