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


Wednesday December 17, 2014
Originally posted on Getting Smart on December 16, 2014  By Clare Bertrand & Scott Emerick Choosing a college, selecting a course of study or training program, and launching a career path are not easy choices for anyone and the stakes for these decisions are highest for low-income students. There are currently 6.7 million 16- to 24-year-olds in America who are not currently in school or working. We are part of a growing movement calling these young people "opportunity youth." The great news is that despite their disconnection from education and employment, these young people have...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Blended Learning
Monday December 15, 2014
The American Institutes for Research, in May of this year, released a study tracking the progress of students who attended high schools in the Deeper Learning Network and comparing their outcomes to those of similar students from non-Network schools. AIR defined this as an early “proof of concept” study, though the findings were still exciting. Relative to the comparison group, students who attended Network schools were more likely to finish high school on time, went on to college in greater numbers, got higher scores on state achievement tests, did better on assessments of problem solving,...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-centered Learning
Thursday December 11, 2014
In April 2011, Jobs for the Future was one of six organizations in the country to receive a Green Jobs Innovation Fund (GJIF) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. At $8 million, JFF’s grant was the largest awarded, and it funded innovative green industry training and employment programs in seven different cities: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The project officially concluded in September 2014, and JFF is actively sharing results and lessons learned from this large-scale employment initiative. Our...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership, Employer Engagement
Wednesday December 10, 2014
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Thousands of young people and adults who can’t afford college would benefit tremendously from expanded access to Pell grants under a small but critical provision included in the comprehensive 2015 spending bill that House and Senate negotiators approved yesterday. The partial restoration of the Ability to Benefit provision of the Higher Education Act extends Pell grant access to low-income students without a high school diploma or its equivalent if they are co-enrolled in an approved career pathways program. Jobs for the Future has been a leader in working toward restoring this provision....
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday December 9, 2014
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By Eric Toshalis for Students at the Center Have you ever sat through a difficult or dry lesson and were told by your teacher when you began to struggle that if you simply tried harder, you would succeed? If so, didn’t it sound like your teacher was saying, “If you just banged your head harder against this brick wall, you could break through!” You likely realized then what researchers have known for decades: that simply isn’t true. While effort is important when attempting work of any kind, perseverance in school is frequently depicted as a quality either a kid has or doesn’t have, as if the...
Tags: Student-centered Learning, Competency-based Education