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

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Tuesday March 29, 2016
There are startling statistics that we can no longer ignore. A child born into a family in the lowest income quintile has a 4% chance of moving into the top quintile. Half of black Americans are born poor and stay poor. Most black, middle-class children are downwardly mobile. These data points reflect the growing inequality, lack of economic mobility, and increasing numbers of Americans living in poverty and insecurity. Like many of you, Jobs for the Future is doubling our efforts to change this deeply troubling and painful reality in the land of opportunity.  At JFF we are committed to...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Summit, Economic Mobility
Wednesday March 23, 2016
Lexi Barrett is JFF's new director of national education policy. Over the last few months, the Early College High School design earned remarkable recognition and support from leaders in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ED’s experimental sites authority and the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) opened new federal funding sources to support school districts looking to implement Early College Designs. In October 2015, ED launched an experiment to expand access to college coursework for high school students from low-income backgrounds. Through this pilot program...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Tuesday March 22, 2016
Graduating students
By Joel Vargas and Hannah Smith Originally posted on the Getting Smart blog and on Huffington Post in the GenDIY series on March 12, 2016.  Hack: a clever solution to a tricky problem There is good news and bad news about today’s high school students. The good news is that more students are finishing high school. Graduation rates have increased over four years to a high of 82 percent in the 2013-14 school year. And as college credentials have increasingly become a necessity for getting onto a career path with good wages, high school graduates get the message. Aside from a few dips during...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Monday March 7, 2016
By guest
The NatureWORKS team would like to thank Tyler Wilson, Director of Government Relations at the Corps Network, for contributing this guest blog.  The Corps Network partners with organizations across the nation to provide comprehensive youth development programming for youth age 16-25 that includes job training, academic skills, leadership skills, and other supports with the goal of improving communities and the environment. Participating young people contribute to projects in conservation, infrastructure improvement, and human services. The Corps is made up of organizations such as: Civicorps...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership
Monday February 15, 2016
What’s going on in career and technical education (CTE)? Now is the time to find out. February is CTE Month®. A campaign sponsored by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), CTE Month® provides a platform for schools, students, and employers to demonstrate how career and technical education prepares youth and adults for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. This year’s theme is “Opportunities for Career Success.” CTE helps students succeed in school and in their chosen career fields by providing opportunities to interact with employers and offering real-world learning...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement