Youth Readiness: Mobilizing for Impact  

 A Tamarack Webinar

Date: Thursday December 3, 2015

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET

Speakers: Karen Pittman and Alex Bezzina 

The Forum for Youth Investment, co-founded by Karen Pittman, focuses on helping leaders move big ideas to impact through partnership building, resource alignment; and performance improvement. The forum helps communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life.

Join Karen Pittman and Alex Bezzina, Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Children and Youth Services, as they engage in a conversation about The Forum for Youth Investment, Collective Impact, particularly as it relates to youth-based initiatives, and creating population level changes that help youth thrive.


About Karen Pittman


Karen Pittman is president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, and a respected sociologist and leader in youth development. 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(r): ready for college, work and life. The Forum manages a number of centers and partnerships, including Big Picture Approach Consulting, the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, the Children's Cabinet Network and SparkAction. The core work of the Forum is helping leaders, organizations, partnerships and systems - at the local, state and national levels - assess, improve and align their practices and policies. The Forum works in collaboration with national partners representing the education, government, nonprofit, business and community philanthropy sectors.

Prior to co-founding the Forum in 1998, Karen launched adolescent pregnancy prevention initiatives at the Children's Defense Fund, started the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, and served as senior vice president at the International Youth Foundation. Karen was involved in the founding of America's Promise and directed the President's Crime Prevention Council during the Clinton administration.


About Alex Bezzina 

Alex_Bezzina.jpgAlex Bezzina, Deputy Minister of Children and Youth Services, was appointed Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in March 2012.

Deputy Bezzina brings significant experience and expertise gained through senior leadership positions in both the Ontario Public Service and in the non-profit sector. Most recently, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health System Accountability and Performance in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

For the previous five years, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. During his first three years there, he was also responsible for service delivery on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Prior to this, Deputy Bezzina was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Human Resources Strategy and Policy Division in the Ministry of Government Services. He was instrumental in providing leadership for the development of enterprise-wide human resources policies and strategies.

Previously he was Director, Special Education Policy and Programs Branch in the Ministry of Education. Here he worked across the ministry, and with other ministries and school boards, to coordinate service approaches for children with special needs.

Before joining the public service in 1999, Deputy Bezzina also had extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector in agencies that delivered services to persons with disabilities.

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