The Readiness Project

What if we could ensure that every young person is
ready for life's opportunities and challenges?


What does it mean to be ready? 

Being ready means being able to meet life's responsibilities and opportunities. It is a necessary prerequisite for well-being. We believe every young person deserves the right to be ready, at every age and every stage of life. 
In America, more than 5.5 million or one in seven—young people ages 16 to 24 are disconnected from school and the workforce. Millions more are outwardly on track" but still lack the competence they need. There are thoughtful efforts underway across the country to improve education and youth-serving systems, and address the conditions that get in the way of young people's health and well-being. 
The Readiness Project seeks to bring these existing efforts together to help build a national movement to ensure that every young person has the right to be ready. On this platform, you'll find actionable resources to help you understand the readiness research and use it to strengthen your own work and to join a national call for change. 

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Update June 11, 2018: The Senate Farm Bill markup is set for Wednesday, June 13.

Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario

A committed activist, artist, educator and advocate for youth, Marissa founded the nonprofit ARTE (Art and Resistance through Education) to help young people amplify their voices and organize for change.

Readiness should be a right for all

We know that our nation can and must to better We have the evidence and the resources to make readiness a right and within reach for every young person, no matter who they are or where they live.

To get there, we need a shared understanding and ways to talk about our current situation—the conditions in our culture, policies and practices that disproportionately limit pathways forward for too many youth, fueling deep and persistent gaps.

We need a common definition of what it means to be ready, and the developmental practices that can happen everywhere youth spend there time to ensure that all young people, no matter where they live or what systems they are involved with, are supported in getting ready for life.

This is The Readiness Project.


Find resources, stories and alerts to join the movement to make readines a right

the Research

Explore our frameworks, how we developed them, and how to put them to use in your own work and advocacy

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