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Thursday, April 25 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Luncheon Keynote: Blurring the Lines: Being Allies in the Pursuit of Readiness, Equity & Quality

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We have an unprecedented opportunity to blur the lines between in-school and out-of-school learning, as well as among learning, healing and thriving. The way forward, however, may mean that we have to revisit terminology. The fundamental principles of youth development – i.e., relationships, life skills, choice, agency, contribution – are the critical what, why and how of our daily work. But they have been buried under layers of terms that describe when and where programs operate – like afterschool and out-of-school. As schools take steps to bring these principles to the foreground in their systems, those of us in youth development risk being pushed aside at just the time when we should be sought out for our expertise and partnership.

In the final plenary of the Ready by 21 National Meeting, come hear the Forum for Youth Investment’s co-founder, president & CEO, Karen Pittman, answer the question: what will the Forum do, and what can you do, to help make the case for an integrated, expanded understanding of how learning happens in communities? As someone often credited as the godmother of youth development, Pittman will engage participants in a lively discussion about how the key ideas and images from the recent National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development provide powerful jumping-off points for blurring the lines, once and for all, between school-based and community-based allies in getting all young people ready for college, work and life.

Additional Resources
  • Ideas to Impact Visual Cheat Sheets: Attachment Below
Using the SEAD Commission's graphics to inform conversations about readiness, quality, equity and engagement

  • Full List of SEAD Commission Resources: Attachment Below

Have you been to conferences where a few young people were given “beat the odds” awards to acknowledge the individual commitment they have made to overcome obstacles?  Have you, while applauding their success, wondered what happened to the other youth in their school or neighborhood?  Wondered how many life trajectories could have been altered if the circumstances that helped the celebrated young people “beat the odds” were available  to many others?  Wondered why we, as adults, as leaders, frequently settle for  reporting on individual successes when there is so much more we could have done to “change the odds” for young people.

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Karen J. Pittman

President and CEO, Forum for Youth Investment
Karen J. Pittman is president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” that combines thought leadership on youth development, youth policy, cross-system/cross-sector partnerships and developmental youth practice with on-the-ground... Read More →

Thursday April 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom