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

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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
Tuesday December 15, 2015
In 1992, I was a first-year law student at the University of Texas School of Law. Cheryl Hopwood, a white woman, sued the law school because she wasn't accepted as a student that year. She argued that she would have been accepted if it weren't for the blacks and Latino/a students being enrolled under affirmative action. She won her lawsuit. The approximately 50 of us (out of 300) who were black and Hispanic were on display for three years, having to defend our place in the law school despite our scores, grades, and achievements. The 250 white students were assumed to have earned their place...