Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum is delighted that Congressman Yarmuth sent a letter to President Obama days after he took office calling for him to issue an executive order that would create a White House Office on Children and Youth. This reinforces the message sent to President Obama by the Forum and more than 300 leading child and youth organizations. Learn more at
Program quality assessment and improvement continue to be central themes in the after-school and youth development fields. In March 2007 we released the first edition of this report comparing the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content and technical properties of different program observation tools.
This paper is a persuasive overview of theoretical and practical evidence of youth and community development as convergent goals or strategies prepared by Michele Cahill, Director of the Youth Development Institute of the Fund for the City of New York. Accompanying this piece is a case study of Youth Development, Inc., a youth-serving organization that has now established a CDC.
On October 30-31, Merita Irby and Senior Fellow Karen Finn led a Ready by 21 Training in Des Moines, Iowa. The training included a wide range of stakeholders and leaders trying to improve the odds for children and youth.
This commentary highlights the work of the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, 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.
Corporate Voices for Working Families (CVWF), a Ready by 21 National Partner, and the Forum co-hosted a Ready by 21 webinar focused on the role of business in supporting youth development.