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Gaines, Elizabeth; McNary, Lacey – Forum for Youth Investment, 2016
Child and youth coordinating bodies are systematically changing the fragmented ways that state and local governments do business for children and youth. Sometimes known as councils or commissions, children's cabinets are typically made up of the heads of all government agencies with child- and youth-serving programs. They meet regularly to…
Descriptors: Geographic Location, State Policy, Partnerships in Education, Goal Orientation
Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
With so many different types of support needed to help meet the diverse needs of young people, no one person, institution, or organization can provide everything that parents rely upon to help children and youth succeed. Numerous organizations need to play various roles, and must do so in a coordinated fashion, in order to meet the needs of…
Descriptors: Youth, Public Policy, State Policy, Local Government
Wilson-Ahlstrom, Alicia; Yohalem, Nicole; DuBois, David; Ji, Peter; Hillaker, Barbara; Weikart, David P. – Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids, but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. This guide--updated from 2011--is here to help them get the data they need. The guide addresses a common problem throughout the youth field: Out-of-school time (OST) programs can help youth…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Outcome Measures, After School Programs, Program Effectiveness
Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
In 2010, the Alexandria City Council of Virginia created the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission (CYFCC, or the Commission) with the support of the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). Establishing the Commission was a groundbreaking step toward addressing the needs of Alexandria's children in a more holistic manner. The…
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Master Plans, Resource Allocation, Child Development
Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
This report shares stories from around the country about community and state leaders working to strengthen partnerships, practices, and policies--all to improve the odds for youth. Stories in this report include: (1) Using new data to spark public conversations about youth issues in Indianola, MS; (2) Leaders building a children and youth master…
Descriptors: Student Improvement, Summer Programs, Federal Aid, Youth
Moreno, Jenny Bonilla; Gaines, Elizabeth; Evennou, Danielle – Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
This report is intended to help governors, legislators, department secretaries, and advocates find information on ways to strengthen the structure and function of their existing cabinets, or create a new cabinet. The survey in this report is the nation's only survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies. The biennial survey assesses…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Surveys, State Agencies, Children
Forum for Youth Investment, 2012
Child and youth coordinating bodies are systematically changing the fragmented ways that state and local governments do business for children and youth. Sometimes known as councils or commissions, children's cabinets are typically made up of the heads of all government agencies with child- and youth-serving programs. They meet regularly to…
Descriptors: Surveys, Educational Change, State Policy, Goal Orientation
Forum for Youth Investment, 2008
The America's Promise Alliance is supporting 50 state and at least 50 city Dropout Prevention Summits to be held by 2010. The purposes of the Dropout Prevention Summits are many, but the primary intention is to increase public awareness of the dropout and college-readiness crisis. The Forum for Youth Investment, America's Promise Alliance, United…
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Conferences (Gatherings)
Forum for Youth Investment, 2008
In this commentary, we discuss the implications of recent research led by Bart Hirsch, Reed Larson and Charles Smith. Each study helps deepen our understanding of youth work practice and can inform policy strategies aimed at developing a strong, stable, committed and prepared OST workforce. (Contains 4 footnotes and a list of Resources.)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Public Policy, Youth Programs, Employment Level
Forum for Youth Investment, 2008
The Challenge is the definitive guide to the key ideas and resources behind Ready by 21. The Ready by 21 challenge aims to develop a solution for a common dilemma--too few young people are entering adulthood ready and our collective efforts to make a difference are far too fragmented to have a big impact. As part of the Forum's solution, leaders…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Readiness, Youth, Youth Problems
Forum for Youth Investment, 2008
This commentary highlights the work of the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS), a collaborative of mature, city and county-wide nonprofit OST intermediaries, to develop and adopt common youth-, program- and system-level measures that are easy and cost-effective for local systems to implement. By agreeing to adopt and publicly…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Productivity
Gaines, Elizabeth; Ravindranath, Nalini; Folliard, June – Forum for Youth Investment, 2008
This paper serves as the introduction to the State Children's Cabinets and Councils Series, a set of reports intended to capture and organize the decisions and experiences of more than 20 children's cabinets and councils and present them against an emerging set of expectations about what the public and policy makers could and should expect from…
Descriptors: State Agencies, Directories, Child Welfare, Agency Cooperation
Gaines, Elizabeth; Faigley, Ian; Pittman, Karen – Forum for Youth Investment, 2008
Elements of Success 1: Structural Options outlines the range of current children's cabinet and council structures in place and offers tips and warnings for getting the most effective structure in place. This issue brief builds heavily on interviews conducted by the Forum and on the detailed documentation work done by Susan Robison for the National…
Descriptors: Children, State Agencies, State Government, Childhood Needs
Pittman, Karen; Gaines, Elizabeth; Faigley, Ian – Forum for Youth Investment, 2007
This paper serves as the introduction to the State Children's Cabinets and Councils Series, a set of reports intended to capture and organize the decisions and experiences of more than 20 children's cabinets and councils and present them against an emerging set of expectations about what the public and policy makers could and should expect from…
Descriptors: Health Insurance, Child Welfare, Public Policy, Policy Formation
Wilson-Ahlstrom, Alicia; Yohalem, Nicole – Forum for Youth Investment, 2007
Quality is fast becoming a policy priority in states and localities around the country. As a result, formal and informal networks of youth organizations are seeking and developing strategies to help them assess and improve performance. This report takes a close look at efforts underway in three networks and provides a preliminary framework for…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Improvement Programs, Change Strategies, Strategic Planning
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