We can...

dramatically change the odds for youth if we commit to upend inequities, embrace science-informed strategies, and accelerate progress.

Together we must expand and deepen opportunities for young people who have been historically underserved by policy and practice.


About the Readiness Projects


The Readiness Projects will bolster projects that support the readiness of youth, adults, systems, and community leaders. We are finding ways to  test the utility of recent science findings, to inform efforts to improve quality, to increase engagement, and to advance equity.

We support meetings, projects, and products aimed at leveraging our collective knowledge base and the constellation of activities across the youth-focused fields.

Our Priorities

While every partner and project will not address all of these, the ideal effort will:

  • Advance “stickier” narratives about how science and research on learning and development can be used to advance equity and thriving.
  • Amplify the voices of youth and community leaders and ask how a more robust approach to equity and thriving can support and refine their agendas.
  • Assert the essential role of all adults in all settings – when, where and with whom learning happens—and prioritize efforts to recognize and act upon their perspectives.
  • Articulate the need to advance the idea of a “thriving youth” field (similar to early childhood) to align work within and across systems and solutions.





With an unwavering focus on youth potential, the Readiness Projects advance work informed by science and grounded in practice, supporting adults in all settings and systems across the diverse youth fields.

The Forum for Youth Investment, the National Urban League, and the American Institutes for Research have united to devote our time, resources, and perspectives to stimulate equity-driven solutions and policies.

With partners, we will accelerate work that demands equitable learning and development opportunities and builds on the strengths of people working at all levels to help children, youth, and young adults thrive.

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important