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


Monday July 29, 2013
I am a person of African descent, a person “of color,” and I work on improving education and career outcomes for low-income youth and young adults across the country—the majority of whom are also persons “of color.” I have long looked for ways to discuss race and equity issues without increasing the discomfort and defensiveness of everyone present. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a Racial Equity & Society Seminar, a 4-day forum organized by the Aspen Institute for a diverse group of leaders involved in advancing economic opportunity in the public and private sectors. The...
Thursday July 25, 2013
Thinking Big about Student Success
At Jobs for the Future, with our vision of doubling the number of low-income youth and adults who attain postsecondary credentials by 2020, we are very much aware of the importance of scaling up new approaches that effectively promote student success. We are trying to tackle large-scale problems, and to do so we need to seek out large-scale solutions. But what does it mean to take educational innovation to scale? What does the process look like? Over the past year, JFF has been investigating these questions, with a focus on community colleges; our latest publication, Thinking Big, is the...
Tags: Credentials, Developmental Education
Friday July 19, 2013
This blog was authored by JFF's former CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. In its July 15, 2013 special report, the Chronicle of Higher Education took the Gates Foundation, as well as the Lumina and Kresge Foundations, to task for their “activist approach” to higher education reform. Much of the Chronicle’s reporting focused on questioning the foundations’ investment strategies and influence on education policies to increase college completion and expand access to education. While it is always legitimate and healthy to debate the merits of specific reform strategies, broad critiques of the influence of...