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


Monday February 29, 2016
Black history month affords an opportunity to look backwards to glean lessons to leap forward. Any historical assessment of access to postsecondary education for black Americans will find that there has been tremendous progress. Aspirations for higher education among black young people are high, suggesting that they have great faith that degrees from our nation’s higher education institutions will provide opportunity for economic advancement. On the whole their faith is well grounded. But there is compelling evidence that it takes more than a college degree to advance in today’s economy....
Friday February 26, 2016
Originally posted on Completion By Design's blog on February 17, 2016.                                                       On January 26 and 27, 2016, Jobs for the Future hosted our winter state policy meeting in San Diego, where we convened an incredibly talented, diverse, and committed group of state-, system-, and institutional-level leaders to support their efforts to develop policy conditions that allow community colleges to implement new strategies to dramatically increase student completion. Members of JFF’s Postsecondary State Policy Network have met semi-annually for the past...
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
Wednesday February 10, 2016
By guest
Originally posted on Andrus Family Fund's blog on February 5, 2016. In our last blog post, we identified the skills gap that contributes to America’s double digit youth unemployment rate. We also saw how grantee partner LeadersUp is closing the skills gap and connecting opportunity youth with career pathways. However, addressing skills alone cannot solve the workforce inequities we see today. While the Nation’s unemployment rate has improved, recent data shows that the unemployment rate for African American youth under the age of 20 is significantly higher than their white counterparts....
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Tuesday February 9, 2016
By guest
The NatureWORKS team would like to thank William L. Allen III for contributing to this guest post. Will Allen is the Vice President of Conservation Planning & Integrated Services at The Conservation Fund and a member of the NatureWORKS advisory group. Today, nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in mega regions making the conservation of nature both more challenging and more urgent. Investments in green infrastructure are critically important to protect and restore the natural systems that provide communities with clean air, water, and other “ecosystem services.” One way to make...
Tags: Green Skills