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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Tuesday May 17, 2016
Paying for college just got easier, with the Obama Administration’s announcement of the 44 institutions chosen to participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative that will allow high school students to use federal Pell grants to pay for credit-bearing college courses. Currently, Pell grants—the most important source of federal financial aid for low-income students aspiring to a college education—are not available to high school students. This $20 million initiative will expand access to college courses for over 10,000 students at 44 colleges in 23 states.  This initiative will help support...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday May 10, 2016
If the U.S. is to live up to its history as a land of equality and mobility, we must ensure that our educational systems help the poorest and most disadvantaged students instead of standing in their way. Jobs for the Future’s new inclusive policy framework helps practitioners, policymakers, and advocates identify opportunities to make educational policy inclusive of students who have long been overlooked. Please join us at Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility: A Jobs for the Future Summit in New Orleans in June to explore with us how policy and culture shifts can improve outcomes for...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth, Federal Higher Education Policy, Summit
Monday May 9, 2016
Today, more than ever before, youth voices are pushing agendas for change in education. Young people have some of the most valuable input when it comes to education, postsecondary success, and issues that affect low-income youth. They know that if any significant change is going to take place in the education sector, they have to take an active part in making it come to fruition. Luckily, youth don’t have to organize themselves. Youth-serving advocacy organizations are encouraging the young people to speak up about the issues that affect the way they learn and the way they plan for their...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Friday May 6, 2016
Jobs for the Future took part in National Reentry Week last week, when we highlighted the ongoing work of entities providing reentry education to young people and adults in communities across the country as part of the Department of Education’s Improved Reentry Education Demonstration Project. In the course of highlighting the reentry education programs, we heard from the individuals they work with. Their voices remind us why it is critical to stay focused on this important work. These individuals, some of whom are still incarcerated, told us in their own words that reentry education is...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways
Thursday May 5, 2016
By: Jaime Fall and Kathy Mannes One year later, it’s nice to see progress being made. Last year, the Obama Administration launched an UpSkill movement to encourage employers and others to invest in front-line workers. Last week, Lumina Foundation, Aspen’s UpSkill America, and CAEL’s Business Champions hosted an event to celebrate the progress toward this goal, which is reflected in commitments from companies as well as labor, community colleges, workforce providers, and other public and private partners. There was a lot of good news. Companies reported on innovative and practical solutions...
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Credentials, Work-Based Learning