Ready News: September 20, 2019

2019 Opportunity Youth Network Summit: Amplifying the Impact
Washington, D.C.
November 13-14, 2019

The Forum for Youth Investment and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions are excited to announce that registration is now open for the seventh annual 2019 Opportunity Youth Network Summit: Amplifying the Impact, November 13-14 in Washington, D.C. This is the premier event bringing together government, philanthropic, business, nonprofit, and young leaders to jointly shape national priorities and advance collaborative efforts for and by the Opportunity Youth field. While this event focuses on national actions, local and state organizations and advocates who want to help shape and participate in national activities are most welcome to join.

Learn more and register.

There are two exciting days planned.

Day 1: Wednesday, November 13 is Policy Day. Policy Day is hosted by the Opportunity Youth Network in partnership with the National Youth Employment Coalition and the Reconnecting Youth Campaign, and focuses on policy making and advocacy. It is your chance to learn about recent federal policy changes affecting Opportunity Youth, policy decisions likely to be made over the course of this year, and opportunities for you to have your voice heard.

Day 2: Thursday, November 14 is the Opportunity Youth Network Summit. This is the place to jointly shape national priorities and advance collaborative efforts. This year there has been a lot of interest in (1) strategic communications driving narrative change and (2) defining, measuring and improving the quality of Opportunity Youth programs, so those topics will feature prominently throughout the day.

Community School Coordinator Appreciation Week
As a long-time advocate for a whole child/whole community approach, the Forum is delighted to add our voice in celebrating the hard work of community school coordinators during the September 23-27 Coordinators Appreciation Week.
Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week is hosted by the Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools, the National Center for Community Schools at the Children’s Aid Society, the Beacon National Network, and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania to encourage individuals, schools, and local community school initiatives to honor and thank their community school coordinators. Next week will be full of public relations and social media efforts to encourage those who interact with community school coordinators to let them know their work is seen and appreciated and to lift up the role of coordinators.

Learn more and explore the toolkit for getting the most out of this event.

The National Afterschool Association is Seeking Presenters and Young Leaders
The National Afterschool Association (NAA) will be bringing its annual convention to Washington, D.C., from March 15-18, 2020. The call for presenters for NAA20 is currently open through Oct. 14, 2019. The Session Proposal Template is available to help organizations develop their ideas into a proposal.

Learn more information about NAA20 and the call for presenters.

NAA is also searching for the Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders. Next Gens are individuals, age 30 or under, who are strong believers in the power of afterschool – who are thinking about things like program design and professional development. These emerging leaders are making contributions that influence programs and organizations and have the potential for long-term and broad impact on the afterschool field. If you know of a candidate worthy of NAA’s Next Generation of Afterschool Leader Award 2020, click here to learn more.

National Poll by the Data Quality Campaign Reveals Parent and Teacher Demands for the Future of Education Data
Recently, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) officially released the findings from its 2019 national poll of parents and teachers. The poll found that 90 percent of parents say they need data to understand their child’s progress and help them do their best and 86 percent of teachers believe data is an important part of being an effective teacher.

Those closest to students are now eager for leaders to take actions that reflect a bold vision of data use that improves student outcomes in K-12 and beyond. 71 percent of parents agree that different public agencies should securely share information with each other about children and their families to improve services and the allocation of resources.

Explore more findings from DQC’s national poll of parents and teachers.

Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-being for Children and Youth
September 26, 201911:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

Please join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine next week for a webinar on the release of the new report, “Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-being for Children and Youth.”

The release will include an overview of the study process and discussion of the report’s conclusions, recommendations, and key messages. Speakers will include:

  • Martin-Jose Sepulveda, (Committee Chair), IBM Fellow; Clara Luz, LLC
  • Jennifer McCombs, RAND Corporation
  • Deborah Moroney, American Institutes for Research
  • Rachel Thornton, Johns Hopkins University

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Wallace Foundation are generously supporting this work.

Register for the session.