Using Ready by 21 Tools to Guide Youth Master Planning

  • Date: March 21, 2012
  • Location: Online
  • Category: Webinar Archive


Co-sponsored by the National League of Cities and the Forum for Youth Investment, this webinar will introduce city officials, senior municipal staff, and community partners to Ready by 21 – a set of innovative strategies that helps communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life.  Local leaders across the country are using Ready by 21 to achieve collective impact for children and youth by establishing broader, more effective partnerships, creating goal-oriented action plans, collecting and using better data, and implementing evidence-based solutions.

In several cities, Ready by 21 serves as the guiding framework for comprehensive, local youth master plans – an increasingly common city practice in which municipal officials, school district leaders, community partners and youth work together to coordinate services and opportunities for young people.  More than 30 cities have adopted youth master plans in recent years.  The March 21 webinar will feature local elected officials from two cities that have used Ready by 21 to guide their planning processes:

•    The Honorable Ronnie Steine, Councilmember-at-Large, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn.
•    The Honorable Kristin Szakos, Vice Mayor, City of Charlottesville, Va.

Elizabeth Gaines of the Forum for Youth Investment and Leon Andrews of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF) will also discuss how the Ready by 21 framework can enhance the effectiveness of citywide youth master plans in preparing youth for a successful future.  The webinar is part of the YEF Institute’s monthly series, which will focus on creative city partnerships throughout 2012.

Related Links:

Ready by 21 website

NLC Action Kit for Municipal Leaders on Youth Master Planning

Examples of Local Youth Master Plans

“Ready by 21 and Collective Impact,” Forum for Youth Investment

“Collective Impact 2.0,” Karen Pittman, FSG Collective Impact Blog, October 6, 2011


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