The Science (and Art) of Readiness

By Stephanie Malia Krauss, Karen J. Pittman and Caitlin Johnson from The Readiness Project, The Forum for Youth Investment

Every young person deserves the right to be ready for life’s opportunities and challenges at every age and stage.

picture of young person with backpack

What will make this vision a reality? We now have more than two decades’ worth of research to help us act with precision. There is a science to readiness. The Readiness Project is designed to make this science clear, accessible and actionable.

This, the first paper in our Ready by Design series outlines the science of readiness—the results of our three-year research project—and offers ideas and examples to help practitioners, leaders and others put it to use.

Further Reading

Strengths Builder

Assessing Youth SEL Skills

From Staff, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality


How to be an Ally to Youth

From Youth On Board Staff, Youth on Board

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How is readiness a science for you? How is it an art?

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