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


Thursday January 30, 2014
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“Michelle and I want every child to have the same chance this country gave us. But we know our opportunity agenda won’t be complete—and too many young people entering the workforce today will see the American Dream as an empty promise—unless we do more to make sure our economy honors the dignity of work, and hard work pays off for every single American.” —President Barack Obama, 2014 State of the Union Address     In this year’s State of the Union Address, the President touched on a number of Administration initiatives intended to help more Americans enter and succeed in today’s technology-...
Tags: Credentials, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Monday January 27, 2014
Failing and underresourced schools, neighborhoods beset by street violence, lack of job opportunity, families split apart by addiction—many low-income young people of color face such well-chronicled barriers. Less visible and understood is the persistence and resilience that some of them demonstrate as they struggle in their teens and twenties to transcend those circumstances. Eight such young leaders shared their stories with leaders of community-based collective impact efforts from 21 cities, towns, and reservations. These initiatives are committed to improving education and workforce...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Student-Centered Learning
Thursday January 23, 2014
Why We Need to Recognize America's Frontline Health Care Workers
Originally posted on the Huffington Post Business Blog on January 20, 2014 If you've entered a hospital lately, whether for a routine medical test or complex surgical procedure, you might think that nurses or doctors would provide most of your care. In fact, the reality is that frontline workers—ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff—play a vital, yet often overlooked, role in the quality of patient care. What is surprising is that despite performing these important jobs, frontline workers in health care typically earn less than $...
Tags: Health Care, Workforce Partnership
Thursday January 9, 2014
The confetti has been swept up, the cheering quieted, and the headaches dissipated. New Year’s celebrations? No, the release of the PISA 2012 results. While some countries celebrated their glowing results, others, like the United States, swallowed pangs of disappointment. Though much of the furor has now died down, the implications and lessons of PISA are still fresh on our minds as we launch the next phase of Students at the Center. For starters, PISA is a test administered every three years by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to 15-year-olds in more than 60...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning
Monday January 6, 2014
Originally Published by POLITICO.comBy Jamie Dimon and JFF's former CEO Marlene B. Seltzer on January 05, 2014 Today, nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed. Yet, at the same time, 4 million jobs sit unfilled. This is the “skills gap”—the gulf between the skills job seekers currently have and the skills employers need to fill their open positions.Historically, the United States and much of the developed world benefited from an industrial economy that offered employment opportunities for people of all skill levels. The combination of globalization and technological advancements changed...
Tags: Credentials