Ready News: May 26, 2022

The Forum Statement on Uvalde School Shooting

The Forum for Youth Investment grieves with the school community of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. We join in mourning and offer our condolences in response to this horrific act of senseless violence toward children and their teachers.

“The staggering pain these families and communities are facing must feel insurmountable. Thoughts and prayers will never be enough; we need policy and systemic change so that young people feel safe and supported to learn. Safe, supportive, and engaging environments that foster a sense of belonging are critical to a young person’s development.” said Mishaela Durán, Forum CEO and President.

We urge our partners to reach out to one another, invite and continue dialogue, identify those youth in crisis, and take action to improve policies and systems so all young people can thrive.

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Social and Emotional Learning Tools for Equity Resources

The National Urban League recently led an an interactive session exploring their journey of co-creating Social and Emotional Learning tools for equity. Created in collaboration with over 100 people, these tools build on rich histories and historical practices of community building and speak to the unique expertise and histories of communities, students, and families that are too often left outside of education innovation. The result is a dynamic suite of tools that advance learning for racial equity, justice, and empowerment.

The session recording and resources are now available.

Access the recording.

America’s Promise Alliance Youth Service Grants

America’s Promise Alliance recently launched the 2022 Serve This Summer Challenge, which puts funds directly into the hands of young people who want to make a difference in their communities. The Challenge will provide 201 grants to young people seeking to serve their communities. Young people ages 13-19 across the country are encouraged to apply now for the $300 grants.

Grants through the Power of Youth Challenge provide winners with the opportunity to build their own leadership, service, and career skills. Grant winners will also have the chance to attend youth-led coaching sessions throughout the summer.

Learn more.

Power of Us Workforce Survey: Calling All Youth-Serving Professionals and Volunteers

Every person who works with young people is committed to helping them thrive. On athletic fields, in afterschool programs, in libraries, in faith-based institutions, youth-serving professionals and volunteers are making a difference every day. Through the Power of Us Workforce Survey, youth-serving professionals and volunteers can contribute to a national effort to explore, define, and elevate their profession. Take the survey today!

Take the Survey.