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


Wednesday August 3, 2016
This blog was authored by JFF's former CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. Like so many people across the country, I am saddened and enraged by the recent brutal violence and mass murders that have left our nation torn and deeply divided along race and class lines. From Orlando, Baton Rouge, and the Minneapolis area, to Dallas and Fort Myers, acts of violence, motivated by fear and hatred raise the question: How can the greatest democracy in the world possibly tolerate such injustice and what can we do, individually and collectively, to change the course of what will be a very ugly chapter in our...
Thursday July 21, 2016
Originally posted in Education Week on July 11, 2016. By Bryant Best What if I told you that the land of the American Dream has over 5.5 million job openings that employers are desperate to fill? And what if I told you that young, educated people are hungry to start their careers and their own American Dream, only to find out that they don't have the credentials necessary to begin? Some might say that there is a skills gap. Others might say there is an opportunity gap. Whatever the case, one thing is clear: Educators and industry leaders aren't communicating on what needs to be done to...
Tags: Summit
Monday April 11, 2016
Economic mobility and opportunity are hot topics, with articles, news stories, and reports appearing all the time. To help you prepare for JFF’s upcoming National Summit on Economic Mobility we have put together a short list of some of the best recent writing on the subject.  Did we miss something? Share your favorite article with us.     What Does It Take to Get Kids Out of Poverty?  1. Why supports are essential to helping low-income kids reach their aspirational careers. (Chronicle of Higher Education subscription required) 2. In Forbes, Scott Winship offers “a conservative opportunity...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity
Saturday January 10, 2015
Courtyard of a Community College
5 Key Principles for Policymakers to Keep in Mind President Obama’s proposal to expand recent state efforts to make two years of community college available tuition free is a bold move that could help improve life prospects for as many as nine million Americans. Increasing affordability reduces a major barrier to college access and completion, which are vital to increasing individual economic mobility and the economic health of our country.  Jobs for the Future focuses on helping underprepared youth and adults succeed in postsecondary education and family-supporting careers. Through our work...
Tags: Career Pathways, Developmental Education, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education, Competency Education, Federal Higher Education Policy
Thursday June 12, 2014
By Marlene Seltzer, Richard Kazis, and Fred Dedrick The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is one of the nation’s most ambitious national philanthropic efforts to prepare lower-skilled adults for advancement through sector initiatives. Operating in 35 communities, and benefiting from several years of evaluation studies, the National Fund’s first five years offer some important lessons about what it takes to “connect people to jobs,” particularly individuals who lack significant job experience, workplace skills, and postsecondary credentials. Jobs for the Future’s Marlene Seltzer and...
Tags: Workforce Partnership