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1 R3 YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE Karen Pittman Co-Founder & CEO The Forum for Youth Investment


3 The Forum for Youth Investment Nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping states and communities make sure all young people are Ready by ready for college, work and life. o Located in Washington, D.C. o Adjunct office in Michigan (Center for Youth Program Quality) o 35+ staff headed by prominent national leaders o Historically a “forum” where policy, practice and research meet

4 43% are doing well in two life areas and okay in one -Productivity: Attend college, work steadily -Health: Good health, positive health habits, healthy relationships -Connectedness: Volunteer, politically active, active in religious institutions, active in community 22% are doing poorly in two life areas and not well in any -Productivity: High school diploma or less plus unemployed or on welfare -Health: Poor health, bad health habits, unsupportive relationships -Connectedness: Commit illegal activity once a month 2 in 104 in 10 35% are doing okay – doing poorly in no more than one life area and doing well in at most one – and doing okay in the rest Researchers Gambone, Connell & Klem (2002) estimate that only 4 in 10 young people are doing well in their early 20s.

5 After School Ages Times of Day Civic Social Emotional Physical Vocational Cognitive Outcome Areas ? ? ? Thinking Outside of the Box Morning... Night School At its best, school only fills a portion of developmental space

6 Who is Responsible for the Rest? Families Peer Groups Schools and Training Organizations Higher Education Youth-Serving Organizations CBOs (Non-Profit Service Providers and Associations) Businesses (Jobs, Internships and Apprenticeships) Faith-Based Organizations Libraries, Parks, and Recreation Departments Community-Based Health and Social Service Agencies ?

7 We know what it takes to support development The National Research Council reports that teens need: Physical and Psychological Safety Appropriate Structure Supportive Relationships Opportunities to Belong Positive Social Norms Support for Efficacy and Mattering Opportunities for Skill-Building Integration of Family, School and Community efforts

8 These supports really do make a difference, even in adolescence. Gambone and colleagues show that youth with supportive relationships as they enter high school are 5 times more likely to leave high school well- prepared than those with weak relationships. These students are then 4 times more likely to be doing well as young adults.

9 from 4 in 10 doing well to 7 in 10 doing well Providing These Supports CAN Change the Odds Gambone/Connell’s research suggests that if all young people got the supports they needed in early adolescence, the picture could change…

10 Vulnerable, Disadvantaged or Disconnected Youth Have Common Needs Lack connections to networks for education, employment, supports and services, and community connections. Lack academic and workforce preparation because they possess low academic, workforce and interpersonal skills. Need access to stable basic services such as housing, transportation, financial literacy, and health services. Can be at different gradients of the disconnected spectrum.

11 By definition, transition-age youth are navigating in to and out of systems

12 These systems struggle to provide individualized supports All big systems – child welfare, juvenile justice, K-12 education, higher education, employment and training, health/mental health, public housing – lean towards risk management and away from creative problem-solving, making them difficult to navigate, especially for those with multiple risks. As large numbers of young people look for pathways into and out of systems, institutions are looking for ways to adapt and respond to this need.

13 Program and system performance improves when staff and leaders focus on: Applying a youth-centered approach Becoming user-friendly and easy to navigate Partnering with multiple government sectors and community based organizations Ensuring young people have a champion in the system (i.e. community based organization)

14 But changing cultures one system at a time is tough

15 This is why the Ready by 21 Partnership focuses on a) reaching all leaders and b) encouraging partnerships. 15 © 2008 The Forum for Youth Investment. Ready by 21 and the Ready by 21 Logo are registered trademarks of the Forum for Youth Investment. Moving the small gear makes a big difference

16 Leaders take on a recurring set of tasks whenever they set out to create a new agenda Take Shape Take Aim Take Stock Take Action Track Progress From Idea To Implementation But do they stop to ask how these agendas add up?

17 Continuous Improvemen t Service Delivery Advocacy Cross - Systems Change Community Mobilizatio n Evaluatio n Positive Outcomes for youth & families Best Practice Early Childhood Community Development Violence Education Homeless Youth Disabilities Health Alcohol and Substance Abuse Initiative Network Coalition 1/19/01, RS Collaborations MCTP United Neighborho od Centers Of Greater Roch. Rochester‘ s Child Youth 2000 Juvenile Justice Council CCSI TIER II Interagen cy Council Comm. Asset Network Not Me Not Now Community Service Board Board of Health Children & Family Serv. Subcomm. Youth Services Quality C. School Health Leadershi p Team RECAP Communit y Profile Preventive Services Coalition RAEYC Early Childhoo d Develop I. Homeless Continuu m of care Impl. Team Monroe Cty. Sch & Comm. Health Ed. Network REE P Rochester Effectiveness Partnership N.E.T. City Violenc e Initiativ e Task Force on Violence Domestic Violence Consortium Perinatal Community Consortium Do Right by Kids campaign Health Action Domestic Violence Partnership Perinatal Substance Abuse Coalition PCIC SACSI Counselor’s Consortium Rochester Children’s Collab. Roch. Enterprise Communit y Zone P. YRBS Group HW & Tutoring Round Table Student Assistance Prof. Diversion Collaborat ive Runaway & Homeles s Youth Ser Provider Reg. 2 Preventiv e Provid.N Homeless Services Network CASAS Providers Adult Services Subcomm. Student Asst. Prof. Greater Roch. Area Transitio ns Colla b. America’s Promise NBN Mentorin g Round Table OASAS Prevention Initiative CHANGE SDFSCA Planning Committee s Reclaimin g Youth

18 SOURCE: Margaret Dunkle A Tangle of Inefficiencies: the typical approach see a problem… convene a taskforce…. create a program… Children’s Services in Los Angeles County

19 Want Fully-Prepared Youth? Insulate the Education Pipeline 19 © 2008 The Forum for Youth Investment. Ready by 21 and the Ready by 21 Logo are registered trademarks of the Forum for Youth Investment. Academic Attainment 21 st Century Skills Risk Management

20 HOW? Broader Partnerships Bigger Goals Bolder Strategies Better Data The Ready by 21 National Partnership Can Help

21 Broader Partnerships: Maine Governor’s Children’s Cabinet The Maine Governor’s Children’s Cabinet is chaired by First Lady Karen M. Baldacci and has as its members, the commissioners of the five child-serving state agencies, Education, Health and Human Services, Corrections, Public Safety, and Labor, and the Governor’s policy advisors.

22 Children’s Cabinet = Public Value For the last 16 years, the Maine Governor’s Children’s Cabinet has added public value by: Coordinating approaches to the delivery of services; Establishing administrative priorities across departments/agencies/bureaus; Leveraging resources both human (staff) and financial, that maximizes funding by collaborative grants and best use of federal funding streams, as mandates allow.

23 Children’s Cabinet = Public Value …and by: Distributing through its Senior Staff and the Regional Children’s Cabinets, Pooled Flexible Funds to fill one- time family needs where there is no other eligibility- related service available to keep a child or teen safely in the home; Operationalizing the Governor’s commitment to creating better outcomes for children and youth in Maine.

24 Bigger Goals: The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet is committed to policies and programs that ensure every Maine child is: Safe Healthy Well-educated Productive

25 Tracking Indicators of Child Well Being is important 4 th Graders reading below grade level – 41% 8 th Graders reading below grade level – 29% Children affected by asthma – 7% Teens who are high school dropouts – 11% Teens who are not in school and not working – 11% Child deaths – 25 per 100,000 Children suspended from school – 9 per 100 students Persons age not attending school, not working, and no degree beyond high school – 17% Children with no parents who are employed full-time, year round – 35% Teen Deaths – 76 per 100,000 Children in the care of their grandparents – 6% 2-year-olds who were immunization – 84% Infant mortality – 9.3 per 1,000 Children in single parent families – 34% Children in Poverty – 21% Substantiated cases of child abuse – 5.6 per 1,000 Children referred to juvenile court – 5.9 per 1,000 Number of teen births – 53 per 1,000 births Persons in poverty – 23% Children under 18 without health insurance – 9%

26 Goals and indicators should span the ages and developmental areas Pre-K 0–5 School- Age 6–10 Middle School 11–14 High School 15–18 Young Adults 19–24+ Ready for College LEARNING Ready for Work WORKING Ready for Life THRIVING CONNECTING LEADING


28 Using a Common Framework Can help with language confusion across sectors and agencies Helps focus on the results you want to see Set long term goals Track progress with indicators and metrics Track policies and resources and set priorities Track programs and services geographically Link issue/population specific action plans …..and more

29 We think of data and information… …that tells us how we are doing in each gear… Better Data

30 Maine Children’s Cabinet Network Integrated Data Sharing Vision Statement Integrate data across age groups Integrate data across common outcome areas Integrate multiple types of information (demographics, youth indicators, participation data, quality/performance data, program availability data, provider/workforce capacity data, resource/investment data) Integrate data across levels and boundaries Integrate data across systems Find proactive solutions to preserving confidentiality © 2008 The Forum for Youth Investment. Ready by 21 and the Ready by 21 Logo are registered trademarks of the Forum for Youth Investment. 30

31 © 2008 The Forum for Youth Investment. Ready by 21 and the Ready by 21 Logo are registered trademarks of the Forum for Youth Investment. 31 Maine Marks is a set of social indicators that reflect the well- being of Maine children, families and communities. It is an initiative of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet in partnership with the University of Southern Maine and other organizations.

32 The Dashboard © 2008 The Forum for Youth Investment. Ready by 21 and the Ready by 21 Logo are registered trademarks of the Forum for Youth Investment. 32

33 READY BY 21 POWERFUL SOLUTIONS FOR PASSIONATE LEADERS Broader Partnerships │ Bigger Goals │ Better Data │ Bolder Strategies 33

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