The Forum for Youth Investment: “The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.” [Don’t exactly know where they are based, but I saw references for Atlanta and Nashville.]
Decatur School District Community Engagement Office: They don’t have much online. But they do have an office for Community Engagement.
Decatur Education Coalition: “Decatur and Macon County will be the most educated community in Illinois.” [Talk about throwing down the gauntlet! Take that, University of Illinois! :)] “The Decatur Area Education Coalition believes the extraordinary challenge of helping all children learn at high levels and become prepared for life-long success demands an increased role for business, educators, parents and others outside the school room. The extraordinary reward of meeting this challenge is an improved quality of life for Decatur and Macon County residents and increased prosperity for all in the region. What is needed is a fundamental way of working differently as a community to achieve community solutions to a high priority concern.”