Presentation on theme: "A Brief Introduction to Ready by 21 A program of the Forum for Youth Investment A community-based approach to improving outcomes for youth."— Presentation transcript:
A Brief Introduction to Ready by 21 A program of the Forum for Youth Investment A community-based approach to improving outcomes for youth.
Nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21 -- ready for college, work and life. Working in partnership with the government, business, education and nonprofit sectors, we provide a framework, coaching and tools for leaders who care about youth. Our Mission: To create powerful opportunities and incentives for youth and adult leaders to think differently, act differently and act together because they are: linked by core beliefs about what is needed, guided by a shared sense of accountability, girded by compelling data, and driven by a common desire to ensure that all children, youth, families and communities have the supports and opportunities they need to succeed.
Leaders – change-makers – are the pivot point of the Ready by 21 approach Source: Ready by 21 moving the small gear makes a big difference
SOURCE: Margaret Dunkle Business as Usual … See a Problem, Convene a Task Force, Create a Program… Has Created a Tangle of Inefficiencies Children’s Services in Los Angeles County
Shared Outcomes Focusing on shared outcomes enables us to move towards critical community goals. Using shared outcomes allows us to act strategically using a systems-based approach. Committing to shared outcomes is part of “big picture” thinking.
The Big Picture Approach – Child- and Youth-Centered – Research-Based – Action-Oriented Focus and Prioritize Differently… see both the forest and the trees The Big Picture Approach: Thinking Differently
Support educational outcomes What do youth need to succeed in school? To plan to graduate from college? To be ready to succeed in college and work by age 21? How can we help youth succeed in school? Plan to graduate from college? Succeed in college and work by age 21? What critical services do we need to fund in order to achieve these goals?
Support critical services Basic supports including safe housing Transportation After-school programs Civic, social and work opportunities Social supports Access to physical and mental health care
Do these Supports Really Make a Difference? Even in Adolescence? ABSOLUTELY SOURCE : Finding Out What Matters for Youth: Testing Key Links in a Community Action Framework for Youth Development Gambone and colleagues show that youth with supportive relationships as they enter high school are 5 times more likely to leave high school “ready” than those with weak relationships…
… and those seniors who were “ready” at the end of high school were more than 4 times as likely to be doing well as young adults. _ _____ _______ ___ _ _________ __ ________ _ _____ _______ ___ _ _________ __ ________ Do these Supports Make a Difference in Adulthood? SOURCE: Finding Out What Matters for Youth: Testing Key Links in a Community Action Framework for Youth Development
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…
It is Marketable It Matters It is Malleable It is Measureable Research shows that improved youth outcomes requires program attendance and program quality. The core elements of program quality are both measurable and consistent across a broad range of program types. Decision-makers and providers will invest in improving quality if they believe that it matters, is measurable and is malleable given available resources. Most programs can improve quality by undertaking integrated assessment and improvement efforts. Quality Counts
Help leaders improve what they do, how they do it and rethink why they do it… Enabling increases in the availability and quality of family, school and community supports needed to help children and youth… Leading to positive outcomes and raising the probability that young people are ready for college, work and life by 21 What’s needed? 15 CHILDREN & YOUTH FAMILY COMMUNITY & SCHOOL LEADERS Accountability Supports Outcomes Change the odds for youth Change the way we do business Change the landscape of communities
Washtenaw County Data These data are from 2005 (HIP data) as well as 2007-8 (school data) and other sources. We need to update these dashboards as well as analyze data by residence, SES, race and age.
Learning Dashboard LEARNING Elementary Age (6-10) Middle School (11-13) High School (14-18) Young Adults (19-24) MEAP math scores 937963 MEAP reading scores 90 8371 MEAP writing scores 6575 56 Average Daily School Attendance 95 High school completion 88 Earned 2- or 4-year degree within 5 years 67 All Washtenaw County children and youth will have an effective education that promotes life-long learning. No Data/NACritical StatusCautious StatusSatisfactory Status
Thriving Dashboard All Washtenaw County children and youth will be healthy through access to resources and practice of good health habits. No Data/NACritical StatusCautious StatusSatisfactory Status THRIVING Elementary Age (6-10) Middle School (11-13) High School (14-18) Young Adults (19-24) Child Poverty 8.6 % Free and reduced lunch 22 % Chlamydia rates 1 %37 %39 % Depression/Suicide – Suicide thoughts 20 % Substance abuse Alcohol use in last 30 days 14 % Physical activity and weight Youth at normal weight 66 % 79 % 56 %
Connecting Dashboard CONNECTING Elementary Age (6-10) Middle School (11-13) High School (14-18) Young Adults (19-24) School safety – harassment Experience a school environment safe from intimidation and harassment 41% School safety – physical violence Experience a school environment safe from physical violence 48% Delinquency 48% Confirmed cases of neglect/abuse 218 Extracurricular Participation 56 Single, supportive adult 92 All Washtenaw County children and youth will make positive choices and are safe and supported in their families and communities. No Data/NACritical StatusCautious StatusSatisfactory Status