This case study from the Forum for Youth Investment describes how leaders of the Kentucky education council expanded their mission and membership to guide myriad stakeholders toward improving youth services and supports and thereby helped coordinate change across the region.

See how community leaders built an overarching leadership council to coordinate and improve youth services.

Raising and racing thoroughbreds is Kentucky’s most famous industry, but those trying to improve youth services here used to spend lots of time herding cats. That is, trying to bring together the dizzying array of government, educational, business and civic organizations that provide youth services and supports. To make these critical services more effective, Northern Kentucky needed a strong, uniform and regional approach. Standing in the way was an obstacle common to large geographic areas: a mix of rural, urban and suburban communities, and various definitions of which towns, cities, counties and school districts were included. Who could unify them?

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