• Submit a Session Proposal for Horizons 2018

    At JFF's national summit, Horizons 2018: A Vision for Economic Advancement on June 13-14 in New Orleans, we will address the pressing question of: how will we transform education and talent development systems in the face of accelerating change to ensure economic advancement for all? Submit your session proposal by December 31st!

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  • Celebrate Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning

    Thursday November 9, 2017 • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Capital Hilton, Washington DC

    Connect with 300 national and international leaders in apprenticeship and work-based learning. We will celebrate the progress made in supporting these innovative workforce strategies and recognize leaders in the field. Register today!

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  • Women working

    Announcing New Portal

    Over the last three years, U.S. employers have added over 150,000 new apprentices, helping to build on the 80-year history of Registered Apprenticeship. This tried and true training model is now being expanded and transformed into an innovative approach being put to the test in classrooms, labs, and boardrooms throughout the country. To harness this momentum, JFF is establishing the Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning.

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  • Student with her mother

    Making Opportunities Work for Youth

    Adonis finished a prison term at age 20, only to be arrested again a few months later. Rogdericka worked long hours at low-wage jobs and barely slept so she could help support six siblings. Juan lived for 15 years with foster families, then became homeless when he was too old for state care. Learn how these youth succeeded with the help of the Opportunity Works initiative.

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  • Jobs for the Future of Work

    The Future of Work isn’t new, but as technological change continues to accelerate, the term is undergoing a rebirth and has taken on new urgency. This new era has a direct effect on the underrepresented youth and adult populations we work with every day. In a blog post, our president and CEO Maria Flynn talks about JFF’s distinctive role in the Future of Work and the important questions for us all to consider to ensure prosperity nationwide.

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  • High School Graduate, College Study Group, Policymaker, Construction Worker

    Who Is Jobs for the Future?

    The mission of JFF is to ensure that all lower-income young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy. For 30 years, we have helped employers find skilled workers, and workers move into higher-wage jobs through education and training programs. We are a Boston-based nonprofit working in over 100 communities nationwide.

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  • Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life

    Rethinking Readiness offers a provocative look at how high schools can help students develop far more than academic skills and content knowledge to become truly prepared for college, careers, and civic life. The edited volume contains chapters by some of the nation’s most well-respected education scholars, who explore the implications for schools, teachers, and district leaders of replacing the narrow learning goals of No Child Left Behind. As state leaders chart a new course for K–12 education in the Every Student Succeeds Act era, Rethinking Readiness offers a succinct and compelling vision for a new agenda for school reform so future generations can prosper in a rapidly changing world. 
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  • Work-based learning

    Work-Based Learning Resources from JFF

    Americans seeking employment often face a conundrum: relevant work experience is a prerequisite for many jobs, but it is difficult to gain the required experience without being in the workplace. Work-based learning—activities that occur in workplaces through which youth and adults gain the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for entry or advancement in a particular career field—offers a solution to this problem. See JFF's new suite of resources on work-based learning, including a report and overview of our 7 principles for effective work-based learning, a series of case studies on work-based learning in action, and an online toolkit with videos about one new model of work-based learning, work-based courses.
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