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Changing the Odds: Virginia Youth Development Conference

January 24, 2019
Richmond, Virginia
The Forum for Youth Investment was delighted to team up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond to help change the odds that children and youth throughout Virginia will be ready for college, work and life. Together, we convened leaders from throughout the commonwealth on January 24 to introduce participants to a different way of thinking about what it takes to change the odds for children and youth in Virginia and, more specifically, what youth development programs can do to "up their game" individually and together.
The co-designed agenda offered an interactive day of shared learning combining keynotes, workshops and roundtable discussions. Conference faculty included the Forum's Karen Pittman, Merita Irby, Larry Pasti and Priscilla Little. Nancy Deutsch, director of Youth-Nex at UVA's Center to Promote Effective Youth Development at the Curry School of Education, and Candy Markman, retired planning director for Afterschool Initiatives for the Nashville Mayor's Office of Children and Youth brought state and local perspectives to the conversation.  

Handouts and Materials from the Convening


Presentation Materials



Publishing Date: 
January 25, 2019
changing_the_odds_va_youth_development_conference_opening_closing_plenaries.pdf2.59 MB
equity_as_a_verb_addressing_equity_through_engagement_-_merita_irby.pdf870.48 KB
a_quality_culture_shift_from_compliance_to_continuous_improvement_-_priscilla_little_kelly_burnett.pdf485.44 KB
equity_handout-_opportunity_msa.workshop_on_data_and_community_conversations.pdf219.71 KB
equity_handout-_virginia_opportunity_score_overview_handout.pdf106.17 KB
partnering_for_impact_-_larry_pasti.pdf606.88 KB
partnering_handout_-_from_program_performance_to_collective_impact.pdf197.77 KB
quality_handout-_quest_worksheet.pdf166.2 KB
quality_handout-_sample_indicators_and_outcomes.pdf97.32 KB
readiness_handout_-_skillsets_and_mindsets_abilities.pdf1.49 MB
readiness_handout-_ccsr_infographic.pdf703.66 KB
what_does_youth_readiness_and_success_look_like_-_karen_pittman.pdf1.76 MB