March 21 Webinar on 'Using Ready by 21 Tools to Guide Youth Master Planning'

by Michael Karpman

Municipal leaders, city staff and community partners are invited to register for a free, hour-long webinar on "Using Ready by 21 Tools to Guide Youth Master Planning." Co-sponsored by NLC and the Forum for Youth Investment, the webinar will take place Wednesday, March 21, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

This webinar will introduce city officials 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 opportunity 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:

  • Ronnie Steine, councilmember-at-Large, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn.
  • Kristin Szakos, councilwoman, 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.

Details: Registration is now open for this webinar through the myNLC portal under "Upcoming Events" at