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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Thursday March 8, 2018
What does it take to rebuild one’s life after prison? Research suggests that education is critical to successful reentry. Education programs are even more effective when they are seamlessly connected to job training that begins in prison or jail and continues through the reentry process. With support from the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education’s Improved Reentry Education (IRE) project, nine organizations are developing proof points for these types of interventions. JFF provides training, resources, and support to the grantees in this initiative. In our Voices of Reentry series...
Tags: Reentry
Monday March 5, 2018
What does today, March 5, mean to you? For many, it will be an ordinary Monday of returning to work or school after a weekend well spent with family and friends. But for more than 700,000 young immigrants benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, today is a reminder of the Trump administration's decision to end DACA, of Congress' failed attempt to enact a legislative solution protecting Dreamers' futures, and of the continued uncertainty that threatens all that they know.  Congressional leaders have been unable to rise above their political differences and...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Thursday March 1, 2018
Community colleges are in the trenches, grappling with the challenge of finding the best ways to help more students obtain high-value credentials. Their efforts were evident at JFF’s 2018 Winter Meeting of the Postsecondary State Policy Network (PSPN), held January 24 and 25 in Seattle. More than 170 community college leaders from 17 states convened to share best practices for improving student success and tackle challenges to their work. Participants included directors and staff of statewide Student Success Centers, heads of state community college system offices, and presidents,...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy
Friday February 23, 2018
Clean energy panels
By Veronica Buckwalter (JFF), Anna Sullivan (IREC), and Laure-Jeanne Davignon (IREC) The energy auditor who comes to assess your home’s energy performance may possess a microcredential earned through a program that could be a national model for developing these key skills sets while working in other industries. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a national nonprofit that supports increased consumer access to clean energy, looked at micro-credentials as it tried to answer the question of how to balance the cost and quality of credentialing while being rigorous, nimble, cost...
Tags: Credentials
Tuesday February 20, 2018
By guest
Turning Point Brooklyn (TPBK) is a community organization in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood that provides services to help local residents of all ages make positive changes in their lives. TPBK offers a variety of social services to the community, as well as educational programs. The Education Center at TPBK offers an Opportunity Youth program and a College Bound program. The Opportunity Youth program is designed to provide a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma to older youth who have not completed high school, with structured opportunities for internships and pathways to higher...