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News and Opinion Apr 26, 2019

Turnaround for Children Presents at Forum for Youth Investment Ready By 21 National Meeting

Ready by 21 attendees watch a video plenary by Pamela Cantor, M.D.


Turnaround for Children Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Pamela Cantor, M.D. and Executive Director, Washington, D.C., Michael Lamb, were featured presenters at the Forum for Youth Investment’s 2019 Ready by 21 National Meeting in Seattle, WA. Ready by 21 brings together more than 500 top leaders in education, policymaking, advocacy and out-of-school time from around the country who are working to get all young people ready by 21 – for college, work and life.

The national meeting kicked off with an opening plenary, “Moving Towards Equity,” led by Forum President and CEO (and Turnaround board member) Karen Pittman, which included curated video messages from Dr. Cantor and live commentary from Michael Lamb, who joined a panel with Pittman and National Urban League Senior Vice President, Education, Youth Development & Health, Hal Smith.


Hal Smith, Michael Lamb and Karen Pittman at Ready by 21

During the plenary, Pittman shared a welcome message from Dr. Cantor: “Skills and talents exist in a potential state in all children and can be revealed and developed in the many environments in which children grown and learn, no matter their individual starting points or what happens to them along the way.”

Lamb later led a standing-room-only afternoon workshop titled “The Power You Carry: How To Become a Brain Builder,” where he shared real-world strategies, grounded in the science of learning and development, to build safe, supportive learning environments for children both inside and outside of school.


Michael Lamb leads a workshop at Ready by 21


Lamb remarked, “Research says that learning is social, emotional AND cognitive, all at the same time. The ROI on social and emotional practices is estimated to be worth roughly $11 for every $1 spent.”

Turnaround was honored to be a part of this important opportunity to help share key findings and recommendations from the science of learning and development with the after-school and out-of-school time communities, and looks forward to future collaborations with the Forum and the Ready by 21 community.