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.

The Forum works with state and local leaders and leadership groups to fundamentally change the way they do business for young people. We create this change together, through field-tested strategies that ...

  • Strengthen state and local partnerships that focus on young people.
  • Expand and improve learning opportunities for all youth.
  • Align and advance policies and resources to make them more effective.

We carry out these strategies through products and services that are built on . . .

  • The best research on youth development, youth services and community change.
  • Our experience in diverse communities around the country.
  • A whole child/whole community approach.
  • A commitment to collective impact and continuous improvement.


Our Home - The Cady-Lee

Having outgrown its rented office space on Westmoreland Avenue, the Forum went looking for a new home in the early 2000s. “Home” was the operative word, as the Forum staff wished to stay in Takoma.

As it happens, the Cady-Lee Mansion was looking for a new owner. The Forum had not set out to buy a house, but you know what it’s like when a place just speaks to you. Thus smitten, the Forum purchased the Cady-Lee in 2002, and commenced a series of renovations and restorations.

Several Forum staff live in the Takoma community, including co-founders Karen Pittman (our CEO) and Merita Irby (our chief operating officer).

We invite you to find out more about the Forum and about our signature initiative, Ready by 21®.