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


Tuesday July 31, 2012
JFF programs and partners help low-skilled workers gain the experience, credentials, and confidence to improve their economic opportunity. Here is one story of a hard-working American doing just that with the help of ANEW, a GreenWays-funded pre-apprenticeship program in Seattle, Washington. BRITTANY WILLIAMS has had a tough life. After her mother abandoned her and her brothers, she was drawn into street culture and dealt drugs. She was homeless for some time and spent time in prison. Her future looked bleak. Then last fall an unusual flyer caught her eye. Apprenticeship & Non-...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Competency Education, Green Skills
Monday July 16, 2012
Written by Cecilia Le and Rebecca E. Wolfe for CompetencyWorks' blog "Learning from the Cutting Edge": What would an education system look like that responded to each student’s needs and interests—and based their progression on their individual mastery of vital skills and competencies? And what would it take to get there? These were some of the big questions at Jobs for the Future’s (JFF) Students at the Center symposium. A diverse audience of 150 leading practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and funders came together to discuss the findings of nine syntheses of research on student-...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning
Thursday July 12, 2012
If you missed it over the holiday week, it’s well worth watching PBS NewsHour’s excellent two-part report on South Texas’ Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) school district. This border district is setting a compelling example for how we can make school work for all students—especially the high-poverty, Hispanic students who make up this school system. PSJA engages all students with dynamic teaching, puts them on a clear path to a college degree or credential, and supports their college success even after graduation. All students, including former dropouts, take college classes before they graduate...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy