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


Friday April 20, 2018
Starting April 22, JFF and our partners are celebrating the remarkable success we've seen—and the promising future we anticipate—from implementing early college experiences by observing the annual Early College Week. I think it's a cause well worth commemorating. When I joined JFF in 2002, I was fresh from completing my dissertation about the need for fundamental changes in the design of U.S. high schools to prepare more low-income youth for college. JFF and its partners were just launching the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI), which started or redesigned hundreds of schools to...
Tags: Early College
Tuesday April 17, 2018
Last week, the Trump administration issued an executive order calling for new and strengthened work requirements on the nation’s poverty alleviation programs. The order was viewed as a way to promote economic mobility for recipients and accountability for U.S. taxpayer investments. JFF has long supported programs and strategies that prepare low-income individuals for family- supporting careers. It is core to our mission. However, work is a loaded term, especially when it is required in exchange for benefits and services under the nation’s safety net programs. We all agree that good jobs are...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Monday April 2, 2018
Today’s job market is tough enough for the average college-educated American, but for someone without highly valued credentials or the necessary skills, it can be especially difficult to find a family-supporting career. As we look ahead, increases in the use of automation, technological advances, and contract-based work are further altering the workforce landscape, presenting even more challenges for America's workers. The changing nature of work is an issue of national significance and one that leaders from city councils to the halls of Congress are taking seriously and seeking out policy...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy
Wednesday March 28, 2018
Energy Tech High School Students
Photo Credit: Con Edison In our first blog in this series, 10 Equity Questions to Ask about Career and Technical Education, we promised to profile schools that can answer a majority of our equity questions in the affirmative. Energy Tech High School, one of 17 schools in the City University of New York's Early College Initiative, meets almost every equity criterion, falling short on only two—gender balance and having a mix of old and new tech fields. With a student body that is 75 percent male and 25 percent female, Energy Tech is at the same time a demographic problem and a success. The...
Tags: Career Pathways, Early College, Equity
Thursday March 15, 2018
Unemployment rates as low as 4 percent mean that employers across the country are hiring workers they would have traditionally ignored or turned away. This moment of desperation for employers has created new opportunities for jobs and pay gains for people who have criminal records. There is a concern, though. History suggests that this trend of fair chance hiring—opening up employment to people with criminal records based on their skills and competency—won’t last once employers are no longer desperate for workers. Employers should buck this trend and continue to hire qualified people with...
Tags: Reentry